If only I had the fireproof facemask then (January 1997) that I have now. But at least I didn't have any facial hair to singe off.
[P.S. If you are pop-culture-deficient, a band named The Prodigy made a b&w music video in 1996 where a strange man dances around in a big tunnel and screams in a British accent, "I'm the firestarter! Twisted firestarter!" You can watch it here. My friends Ken and Glen and I decided that was a bad message to send to the kids, so we created "Twisted Firefighter" for their public access TV show, "The Ken and Glen Show." The more you know, kiddies...]