Little thing was joss burning
Only one deep plunge lunge away to the right, an entire stick of incense was able to burn all the way down to the end. Singing the carpet as it was, there was only a slight hint of anything close to what smells like a burning piece of carpet.
Other folk are on the news for such things as this. Usually with them standing outside looking around as the local fire brigade go snakey with the hoses.