A warning hallucination of a fire
Type of Spiritual Experience
Hyperesthesia (or hyperaesthesia) is a condition that involves an abnormal increase in sensitivity to stimuli of the sense. "When a non-noxious stimulus causes the sensation of pain the area will be termed hyperaesthetic".
The subconscious picked up the smell or heard the fire behind her and provided an hallucination
A description of the experience
The Future and Beyond – H F Saltmarsh
This case is taken from Proc., XI, 418.
A lady, living in a wooden house in the Rockies, while sitting one evening in the porch, had an hallucinatory vision of a fire in the distance. After watching for about ten minutes, she heard a faint crackling sound and, being disturbed by the hallucination which, at the time, she took to be real, she went to investigate and found her own house on fire. She was just in time to save her child. There was no other fire in the vicinity.
As lending support to the hypothesis of hyperaesthesia, it is interesting that the same subject experienced a second somewhat similar occurrence. While in England, she was wakened one night from sleep by the impression of hearing her name called. On waking she found the nightlight blazing.