Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Fire-July 24, 2011

Flood--then fire. Sounds like something from the bible. Believe me when I tell you that this has been trying and difficult. And it is not done yet. But as Mom would say-everything will work itself out.
Sunday, July 24th I was at Ikea. Pudge called and said that neighbor contacted him and said there was lots of black smoke coming from Mom's. Needless to say I immediately left. Another phone call-fire department had to be called. When I reached Willernie I could not get to Mom's house. All roads were blocked by squad cars. I parked at home and ran up only to be greeted by about 15 fire fighters in full gear, 2 huge fire trucks, 1 smaller fire truck, and about 6 policemen. I am not kidding or exaggerating. To make a long story short one of the fans that we had blowing to dry the basement out started on fire. It was a mess. I do have to give the firemen credit because they only used a 5 gallon bucket of water to put it out so at least we did not have to deal with water again. But the soot!!! Oh the black, greasy soot!!!
Insurance company called. They came the next day and started. I will blog about all that later. One thing I do have to say is it is one way of getting things cleaned out.
A few days later--I came home dirty, black and sooty only to be greeted by these adorable neighbor girls--Amber and MyMy. Now if this won't put a smile on one's face I don't what will.
Cleaning the furnace ducts. This had to be done because it only would have thrown the ugly soot right back in the place.
Ceiling tiles had to all come down. Truth be told--I hated those ugly things anyway.
Soot. I don't think the pictures do it justice. I think it was worse than this picture depicts.
Mom's little trolls that she had displayed on a shelf. Had to laugh at how dirty they were--their clothes, face, hair. Some of those that look like they have black hair it is really supposed to be white
More soot. Touch it and it got all over you.
I was surprised at all the cobwebs that showed up. I said "Boy, I don't remember all of these hanging around. I am ashamed." Well I was told they are soot webs created by the plastic of the fan and the soot.

This is the culprit. The fan that caused the disaster or what is left of it. It was borrowed from the neighbor who is also the mayor of Willernie. We have had some laughs about that.
This should have been the first picture but Blog doesn't post them that way. And I am not about to try to get them in order. As a matter of fact I am publishing this because it has gone pretty smooth which is unusual. Hope I have not spoke too soon.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Pat, it is good to see the photos to know the seriousness of this disaster. I feel so bad for you and Pudge - but as you said, Aunt Liz wouldn't worry about. She would say it will all work out, and it will.

    You're right - the neighbor girls are very cute, and mood brighteners! I'll be watching for more blog entries. Good job!