Feb. 16th, 2016 12:30 am
restoman: (Little Jimmy)
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At noon today, I drove to Home Depot to pick up pipe insulation when I got a call from Chris ([ profile] stormdog). He said there was a fire on my block, fortunately, not at my house. Before I left Home Depot, I had another call from Johnny telling me the same thing. When I got home, the street was filled with emergency vehicles. The flames were out, but smoke was still drifting out of my neighbor's house. Kenny, a retired carpet-installer lived in that house with his girlfriend and 19-year-old daughter. The water pipes had frozen in the back part of his house and he had set up an old box-style electric space heater to thaw them. Kenny then left to run errands. No one was home when the space heater set some insulation on fire. The fire spread quickly, gutting most of the house and destroying the back end. Their dog, Bruno, died in the fire. Kenny and his family lost almost everything. It is doubtful that the house itself can be saved.

I feel awful for their loss.

This was the scene from my front porch.

The back end of the house was badly damaged.

Date: 2016-02-16 05:32 am (UTC)
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Wow. That's sad.

Date: 2016-02-18 03:38 am (UTC)
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It is. I hope they can rebuild. It would be a shame to lose them as neighbors.

Date: 2016-02-16 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Very scary.

Date: 2016-02-18 03:40 am (UTC)
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Yes. House fires are one of my worst fears.

Date: 2016-02-16 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Shit. I know some things are irreplaceable, but the important thing is they weren't harmed. The poor dog, though. I would be gutted if anything happened to our two.

Date: 2016-02-18 03:45 am (UTC)
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Yes, they were lucky that no one was injured in the fire. The family has already had to deal with one bad loss this month. Last week Kenny's brother died in the house, after a long illness.

I would be devastated to lose Lily that way.

Date: 2016-02-16 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Very sad news, and heartbreaking about the their dog. :(
Hugs, Jon

Date: 2016-02-18 03:50 am (UTC)
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Yes, very sad, Jon. They were good neighbors and an asset to the block. I hope that they can rebuild.


Date: 2016-02-18 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Good thoughts for them.

Date: 2016-02-16 08:09 pm (UTC)
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that's so unfortunate.

Date: 2016-02-18 03:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, Mike, One never knows when tragedy will strike.
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