Perhaps the neighbours, accustomed to living next door to Mr S-H, didn't bat an eyelid.
Fast forward and injecting an important element of drama, Mr S-H - now rehoused with his family by their insurers - declared, 'I'm lucky to be alive.
Buoyed by self-important humility, Mr S-H forgot to mention how much pleasure he has brought the rest of us.
In this particular case, there's more fun to be had on account of Mr S-H's initial motivation being a desire for 'security'.
And in true Betty fashion, Mrs S-H, a teacher, stepped in as supportive side-kick, saying she told her husband to burn the documents because she feared thieves might get hold of their bank details.