What possibility was the Finch family worried about in Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird?  

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In Chapter 8, Miss Maudie’s house catches on fire in the middle of the night. Atticus wakes the children up and tells them to stand in the Radley’s yard at a safe distance and keep an eye on which way the wind’s blowing. Miss Maudie’s house is next door to the Finches' house and the flames could easily spread to the Finch residence if a powerful gust of wind carried the flames. Jem asks Atticus if it is time to start moving the furniture out of their house, but Atticus tells him it is not time to worry yet. The Maycomb residents help get furniture out of Miss Maudie’s house before it collapses. While Jem and Scout are standing in the Radley’s yard, Boo silently lays a woolen blanket around Scout to keep her warm without her knowing.

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