House afire!

Yesterday afternoon we looked out the window and saw the neighbor’s house burning. The house is across the street, diagonally down from ours. Then came the sirens and fire trucks, and after awhile it was put out. Fortunately, everyone got out safely, no one was hurt, and the fire didn’t get to any of the trees on the back of the lot, nor were any other houses involved.

A scary sight, in person and up close! Barbara took these with her phone. A large part of the roof was burned, as well as much of the interior, it seems. This morning, the house is boarded up, and we’re guessing it will be uninhabitable for a long while. No idea how it started.

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19 Responses to House afire!

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    That is scary! It’s good to hear that nobody was hurt. Most things can be replaced. People can’t. Hope you are staying safe.

    • We had never seen a house fire in person, it was so different from watching it on the news, it was REAL! Fortunately there was little wind and it was raining, which helped.

    • neeruahcop says:

      Perhaps not the best place to reconnect, Margot but I went over to your site and they say it has been taken down. Please say it is not true.

      Hope you and your loved ones are fine.

      • Margot Kinberg says:

        That’s very kind of you Neeru. It’s true that I no longer have a blog. However, I’m fine, and I appreciate your asking. Hope all is well with you.

  2. tracybham says:

    Oh my goodness. Very scary. How sad for those people, and I am glad to hear no one was hurt.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Scary. That looks like a really bad fire. At least no one was hurt.

  4. Tell Barbara she has potential to be a photo-journalist! Very nice shots of a disaster. You have to wonder what caused such a blaze. We have a smoke detector in every room so we would be warned quickly if flames burst out. I have sometimes considered investing in a sprinkler system for the interior of our house.

    • We have a full sprinkler system here. No idea what caused the blaze. There have been several people at the place today, Fire, the owner – it was rented – and now Atlas Labs, I suspect checking for asbestos and lead and such, since the house was built in the late Fifties or early Sixties. It was reroofed last year.

  5. Patti Abbott says:

    Wow, I don’t think I could have watched. A house across the street is almost like a person to me. It is so much a part of your daily life. Very sad. I hope their insurance company doesn’t try to fix it up rather than just writing it off.

  6. Jerry House says:

    Scary. I hate to think of your neighbors being temporarily homeless during this pandemic.

  7. Whoa! Glad all are safe and that the fire did not jump to yours or other houses. I feel for your neighbors having to deal with this at a time when the damn virus is spreading.

    • The only people we’ve seen there are an older woman who walks every day and a couple of teens, who often have friends over – they have NOT been social distancing. The only ones home yesterday were the teens.

  8. Cap'n Bob Napier says:

    It looks like a total loss and I feel for those people. A house a few blocks away was burning fiercely one day, years ago, so I stopped to watch. I was driving around with Kristine at the time. I was feeling sorry for the residents when I saw it was burned intentionally for fire department training.

    • I suspect the insurance people will cheap out on it and only pay for reconstruction. Workmen are putting sheets of plywood on the roof to cover the gaping hole now. Re your sighting, it seems odd they would use an actual house for practice.

  9. neeruahcop says:

    So sorry for the people and am wondering where they will stay now what with their home being destroyed. And in these days of virus scare, who would make them fell welcome?

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