[Elfsea] OT House fire details
ladyadelaide at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 27 00:39:01 PST 2008
Here is what we know so far.
At approx. 0810 on Tuesday morning an electrical source (probably a short in a wire) in the attic of the adjoining apartment started a fire in the insulation. The two apartments share a wall between the two larger bedroom, with the bathroom and smaller bedroom next to the large bedroom. Followed by a dining room with kitchen and living room at opposite end of the unit. Current speculation is that the fire started above the neighbors bath and progressed west to Leo and TJs unit. The large bed room, (Leo and TJ's) the ceiling burned though to their room and the ceiling collapsed on their bed, mattresses smoldered and all furniture being mostly wood was either soak with water, or collapsed under the weight of the roof, insulation, and ceiling and tons of water. Their clothes in their closet were covered with ash, insulation, and water. The wall between the bedroom and the bathroom collapsed under the weight of the roof falling. The wall between the girls room and the
parents room is gone. The girls mattresses smoldered and are saturated with water and covered with insulation and debris. The girls bunk bed frame is metal with a twin mattress on top and full size on bottom and looks like it might be recoverable. They were able to grab most of the girls clothes out of the closet, and most of the pictures on the wall before the firemen made them get out because the ceiling was letting loose. The dinning was set up as a kinda office. They lost two computers and kitchen table and chairs. There is ashes, insulation, debris and water on both computers. Table and chairs damaged form the weight of the falling debris. The wall between the girls room and the living room was knocked out by the fire men trying to get to the flames. They lost both couches, entertainment systems (Nintendo dsl, DVD player, stereo, TV, a ton of movies and games. In the Kitchen the damage was mostly smoke and water damage which probably would have been
salvageable, dishes, pots and pans, tend to tolerate heat and the ceiling was still in tact. However, about 2p this afternoon, the embers flared back up and that was over the kitchen. With the weight of the falling ceiling debris, dishes, and water soaked insulation, the cabinets fell off the wall. So they may be no longer be usable. The washer and dryer being at the farther end of the apartment may be salvageable. The fire Marshall's office has restricted access to either side of the duplex until Friday to insure that the debris has stabilized and there are no more hot pockets of embers.
Here is what we know they got out as well as the items that may be salvageable.
Leo, TJ, Gracie, Katie, and puppy Peanut have no injuries. The girls have mostly PJ's, outer clothes, some socks and under ware, most of the pictures on the wall, most of their routine medications. The girls bunk bed frame looks good. Maybe a few dishes that survived getting knock out of cabinets, if the ceiling and wall falling on top didn't brake it all. The washer and dryer if the water didn't ruin them and if the potentially crumbling ceiling doesn't crush them they should be okay.
They will be staying with TJ's sister, Sharon. They are on an emergency shelter list that should put them into a 3 Bedroom apartment in the same complex, just across from the one that burned. It will probably be cleaned and ready to move in next week.
They will need to get furniture, clothes for Leo and TJ, shoes for all, restock their groceries, toiletries, towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, possible dishes, pots, and pans. A bed frame for the parents, mattresses for all beds.
Leo: Pants are 34 by 36 TJ: pants size 12-14 Gracie is 7, wears a shoe size
Shirts M to L shirts L to XL of 2-3
Shoes 91/2 shoes 8 or 81/2 Katie is 5 and is shoe size
101/2 - 11
I will be at Wednesday fighter practice, and on Sunday if you want to bring stuff to me. We will be going back to Olney Thursday to take them some more things.
I will try to keep you posted. Thanks for all your prayers and support.
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