Ours is artificial. 'Twas found curbside in a neighboring town. My husband lovingly restored it. Its "fire" is generated by a light bulb.
One day I'd like to have a REAL one - without the mess, of course...
As I reflect of Hooft's statement, I believe it is true not only of a house, but also a person! A person without the Spirit of God is spiritually dead. John the Baptist said of Jesus that "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Luke 3:16).
In a certain sense, a person without THAT fire is a person without a soul! A spiritual zombie. Every day of the week, I can't live without Him.
One of my Pinterest boards is devoted to White Mantels.