No, it was the dishwasher with the dial stuck just slightly left of START. So for ten hours it had been heating and growling, but with no water. I let it cool for an hour, as it was very hot inside. Counted my pennies betting the motor or the ring of hell heat element was fried.
I am thrilled to report that the dishwasher is working right now. In a two-step error I must have leaned on the HOT WASH setting instead of Normal Wash. Then I must have turned the dial not quite to Start. Feeling very grateful the condo did not burn down.
Next time I hear the expression, "Go to hell," I will remember what these visitors looked like after their trip:
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