Such a great question.
You’ve really been doing your homework!
When I researched this time period I came across a number of stories about accidental fires in the home.
Because this type of accident appeared regularly in my research, I decided to shape the plot of OUT OF THE DUST around it.
When I speak to audiences about the book I’m surprised at how often someone will come up to me afterward to share the story of an accidental fire as part of their family history.