Yes and fires were a big part of life. Seemed like fires were always destroying things back in the day.
We're a bit immune to it all with our insatiable appetite for safety (at least here in America). The number and type of "fire safety" regulations that I encounter is beyond comprehension. Many thousands of dollars are spent on fire safety. I live in New York State - the land of constantly evolving and adding of new regulations for fire safety. Lights, vents, hoods, horns, fans, locks, trip wires, suppressants, materials, triggers, shut-offs, backups, electrical, mechanical and other devices are all used for ONE small kitchen with two residential stoves (with their very own built-in fire safety designs!) and they are ALL required to meet fire codes in New York State. And that doesn't even include the yearly fire inspections! You couldn't start a fire in the kitchen if you tried everything in the book, short of a nuclear explosion.
It is a different world today, for sure.
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."