Well, folks, I have to dig into this one. About 3 days ago my father called me to tell me there were 3 fire companies out front (house is in a tight neighborhood with mostly ranches and raised ranches) trying to put out the fire at the neighbors house. Yesterday I stopped by to look and the eves of the house next to the chimney are all gone. I also noticed a direct vent sticking out next to the chimney (a pellet stove perhaps?) but the owner told Dad that the chimney had a hole in it...what ever that means. I'll dig more to see what happened....for educational purposes. The good news...They all got out and watched the fire company put the fire out. It's hard to see a house that you've known for 40+ years get burned... but the important thing was that no one was hurt.