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Chris Smalling is fortunate his hot tub fire didn’t engulf his home, according to firefighter

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Chris Smalling of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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A “light-hearted because no one got hurt” moment to break up your day...

Sometimes you go to your friends’ house to play cards on “lads night”. Everything’s fine. Everything’s good. Then you find out the hot tub at your house started on fire.

In this case, “you” is Chris Smalling and “sometimes” is at least once in history. The Manchester United defender had the fortune of learning that a potentially awful fire was caught by neighbors and extinguished by firefighters.

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So, note to proper footballers: inspect your hot tubs before they get too hot.

From the BBC:

Police reported the fire after spotting smoke rising above the millionaires’ row property, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

It is understood the England defender was not at home at the time.

The fire was “quite large” and “could easily have become something more serious”, watch manager Stuart France, of Altrincham Fire Station, said.

If I ever lived on “millionaires’ row”, I’d be sure to rarely leave. “Lads night” would be almost exclusively at my house. Unfortunately, I live much closer to desolation row


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