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Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Woke up to one of my worst nightmares - my neighbor's house was on fire. I am very grateful for Georgina, two houses down, who knocked on Ray's door and let him know that smoke was coming from the roof. It could've been written off as the frost evaporating. She might not have looked. Hell, it was before 6am. That she was up at all, let alone leaving the house for work, is a miracle unto itself.

There are few things scarier than waking to hear officious shouts only to look out the window see flames coming from the roof next door. The house next door is the worst on the block, and has been in very bad condition for a very long time. But we do dearly appreciate those neighbors - Rudy, old and retired who sits on the porch day after day, helping keep our neighborhood safe, Ray his son, on probation, but mostly a good guy, and Rudy's daughter Adele who lives in the RV in the driveway. She's diabetic and on disability and has the best dog in the world named Gunther. Ray and Adele don't have the same mum and don't get along at all, so Ray is saying Adele set the fire. I seriously doubt that. I'm betting it has far more to do with bad wiring finally catching just the right spark. We'll know eventually. Right now we're offering blankets and hot coffee and use of our bathroom. I hope this all turns out okay in the end. It could've been so much worse.


  • I'm so glad they caught it before it spread to your house! Blankets and hot drinks are just the thing I'm sure, but the human touch of people who know you and care about the loss is even better. It's good you were there for them, eh?

    By Blogger Flonkbob, at 9:10 AM  

  • I'm glad it was caught soon. It was very neighborly for you to offer drinks and your bathroom.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 12:43 PM  

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