Friday, May 14, 2010

No Movie ... real life drama

So what I thought was going to be an uneventful evening with dinner and a movie turned out to be a real life drama. After I made my post yesterday, I got an emergency call from my cousin that my grandparents house was on fire. She wasnt sure of the details so I just ran out the office and went to the house.

When I got there the home was in total devastation, but everyone was safe.

The top is a pic of the porch after the fire. The bottom is a pic of grandma on the porch in 2006. They were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

This is the entry door after the fire. And the other pic is grandma and baybay on the inside of the house in 2006.


The top pic is the fire damage in the living room. The other pics are the same living room during a family gathering after the death of my grandma's brother.

This is a pic of my grandfather - baybay - room where the fire started. He said an old space heater was the cause of the fire. This room was completed lost and there was a few inches of standing water on the floor.

The bathroom damage.

These are pics of my grandmother's room which is on the first floor near my grandfather's room. The bathroom separates these two rooms. For the most part, everything was lost in this room too.

Kitchen damage.

The kitchen is in the back of the house and was not badly burned. But the smoke and soot damage was overwhelming. The other pics were from a family gathering.

This is a curio cabinet that held alot of my grandmother's trinkets and wedding cake toppers of her children. After the fire, this cabinet was completely sealed shut, the only way to open it will be to break the glass. This cabinet is the dinning room, which is on the other side of where the fire started.


These are more pics of my grandparents the day of their 60th wedding anniversary, sitting in the dinning room. all of the flowers/plants behind my grandmother were tossed out of the window so that the fire department could put out the fire. Grandma was saddened by that, me too. Gardening around the house (and everyone elses house too) is one of her favorite past times. She said that she may just give it up. I hope not.

Overall, it was a difficult day. Today will be filled with more errands, medicine pickups, etc. so no outfit post today. I am just truly blessed that all of my family was safe. The house can be replaced, but their lives can not be. Also in the home are my aunt and uncle and their 3 children, all of whom are fine and safe. Sure, there is plenty of sadness of the loss of the house (which I am sure I will mourn for years to come, hunh - I mourned when they changed their telephone number after 30+ years.). but we are a strong family who will work through this. Its good to have a place to let this all out. I guess this is what the blog is for. I thought about not sharing this but my family is so much apart of my life, how could I not write something. Maybe I will let it stay up, maybe I will remove it later (as not to make the blog so "heavy" and sad).
But for now, this is my blog entry for today.

14 comments:

hillary said...

holy crap! I am so sorry your family has to go through that. My thoughts are with you.

EvaNadine said...

oh my, i am so sorry to hear about this. thank god everyone is healthy and safe.
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

NikStar said...

I am so sorry for this unfortunate event! But I am glad to hear that everyone is ok. I was in my ex boyfriends grandparents house when it caught on fire. I was in the basement and he was at work and the house was completely wrecked. So I completely understand the feeling of panic and sorrow for the things that were lost and the recovery period.

BBM said...

awwwww kameel ... im so sorry for all this horrible event! i could just imagine ure relief though knowing that ure family is safe. my prayers are with u and ure family. hang in there! *hugs tight*

Danielle said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Kameel. I'm glad to hear your family is safe and I wish the best to them as they sort things through.

Andie said...

I'm so sorry! I'm glad everyone is safe. Prayers are with ya'll!

Bianca said...

I am glad everyone is safe, and I am so sorry about losing the family home.

LaCara said...

I am so sorry to hear this Kameel! My prayers are with you and your family, I'm glad to hear everyone was safe, keep your head up! <3

Marisol said...

Its a tragic event to lose something as special and memory-filled thing as a family home. Im sorry for this unfortunate loss, but Im glad your family is safe. Like you said, material items can be replaced but your family and memories cant. My prayers are with you and your family.

QueenDiva said...

I'm so sorry that this happened to you. I know it must be hard. But I'm glad no one was harmed. I know you have lost memories but think the future ones you can create with everyone being safe... I'll keep you and your family in my prayers...

Maria said...

wow, that must have been so scary. I'm glad everyone is safe, that's the most important thing, everthing else can be replaced. Well, most things can, but like everyone said here, you can create new memories with them.

cheeky curves said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I hope emotionally your grandma is OK as it is such a traumatic thing to live through. The memories forms part of the loss that is so hard to reconcile. It a cliché, but time is a great healer and I place my prayers with all the others to support you and your family during this time.

I BLEED PINK said...

Oh no!! I will keep your loved ones in my prayers!!

misss_e said...

Wow. This made me cry. I will keep you ALL in my prayers. God is great...He is faithful and He will restore!