Thursday, November 13, 2008


I think I mentioned once or twice that we have some rental property. We have one house less, today. We may have one cat more.

Yesterday, the children and I kept hearing sirens while doing school. Gawkers that we are, we had to run out onto the front porch to see what we could see. What we saw was smoke billowing over the hill. We realized it had to be our house. Obviously we went on full scale gawker alert. We got into the car and drove over there.

The house was old, made of heart pine. It didn't take long. By the time the two closest fire departments arrived, the house was fully engulfed. By the time we arrived the roof had already caved. Fire is amazing. Fire is powerful.

No one was hurt, not even the pets, but the tenant only got out with the clothes on his back. Mr. W. went home and got him a few items even though the renter and my husband aren't the same shape or height. I'm not sure what, but something.

I had the all-overs all day. I kept thinking about our tenant and how he lost everything. I just couldn't shake that "It doesn't take long" feeling. I checked the stove about ten times before we left for ballet. I made mental lists of which things needed to go first if we had a fire.

I checked the fire alarms.

I'm thankful for all the volunteer fire people and passersby who took time out of their day to keep the rest of our property safe.

I don't think our tenant took his kitten. Don't you think I need just one more?


Alasandra said...

The kitten is adorable, of course you need one more.

Sorry to hear about the fire.

zilla said...

I'm so glad everyone is okay!

Does the kitty have a name yet?

Does Zilla like her/him?

Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) said...

Oh, my word, Wisteria. I am glad everyone is okay. What a shock for your tenant--and for y'all.

Frankie said...

Thankfully no one was hurt.

Fire is scary, scary, scary. I'm so sorry this happened.

My sister lost a house to fire. The smell will stay with me my entire life, and I didn't visit the house: I just smelled my Mom and Dad when they got home.

Hug the kitty for me.

Angela said...

It can happen so fast...thank goodness no one was hurt.

Something like the certainly shakes you to your core, doesn't it?

Melanie said...

Oh Gosh - I'm SO glad both tenant and kitten are okay! I hope you keep him/her.

Frankie, you and I have that same "nose memory". My sister also lost a house to fire; even a decade later we sometimes come across some item that has that smell.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that. I hope you have good insurance on the house and that the tenant had good insurance for his stuff. The kitten is adorable. What's one more?

Kate in NJ said...

Sorry to hear about the fire, glad everyone is safe.