Our own little fire

I got to see the aftermath of our own little midtown fire this morning. It’s on 24th and Q Streets–you can’t miss it. One house (the one that has been balancing precariously on stilts) is now nothing but rubble. The house behind it looks like it was the victim of a bad barbecue. It’s charred where it shouldn’t be.

I’m particularly sad for the painted lady (the house, not a midtown resident) whose roof was eaten by flame. That was one pretty house. Alas, no more.

Just four houses burnt and it makes a big imprint in the psyche–not just visually, but “olfactorily” (i.e. it reeked) as well. I can’t imagine how bad it must be down in Southern California, but I’m really glad I don’t live there anymore.

2 Comments so far

  1. wburg (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    The house where the fire started is also rubble. The other two houses have been categorized as “salvageable,” as long as insurance and the will of the owners to do the repairs can agree.

    The whole neighborhood still smells like smoke. A little too close to home…literally.


  2. Ursula (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    I noticed the second house is down today too. I read somewhere that the folks who lived there used to burn things in the back. I suppose the insurance people will get to the bottom of this one…



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