Saturday, March 20, 2010

Prayer Request.

This morning I was babysitting and heard A LOT of sirens, which is pretty unusual for my community. I didn't think a whole lot of it and went back to playing with the kids. About an hour later, the dad of the kids came home and just as I was about to leave we heard sirens again, coming from every direction, and we both said, "what the heck is going on?" As I was backing down the driveway, I looked to my left and saw a massive cloud of black smoke about 100 yards away...

Being the nosey person that I am, and since it was on my way home, I drove over to the neighborhood to find this:

I spoke to a woman, who, unbeknownst to me, was the sister to the homeowner. She said that her sister and brother-in-law were sitting in the hearth room drinking coffee and reading the paper when the woman smelled smoke. She got up, went to the garage door and opened it, only to find it engulfed in flames. They believe it was an electrical fire. The homeowners, their children, and their six dogs all managed to get out. Praise God.

The house, however, is gone. It spread so quickly, I have never seen anything like it. There was literally smoke pouring out of every inch possible. The back of the house caved in and it burned for at least 2 hours. My heart is breaking for this family. I couldn't imagine suffering such a loss. While clothes and furniture are replaceable, they will never be able to get their photographs back. And that, to me, is the worst part.

Please pray for this family as they deal with the trauma and loss of their home.

The eerie part is, about 14 months ago a house in the same neighborhood also burnt down due to an electrical fire that started in the garage. Everyone managed to get out of that house, too; but the dogs unfortunately didn't. That family just rebuilt the house and have recently moved back in. I hope to God it wasn't the same builder for both houses...

Oh, and the first set of sirens was a false alarm further north from this house... or so I am told.


Tenny Kusuma said...

Wow....what a tragic. I'll remember the family in my prayer today.
By the way, thanks for stopping by on my blog yesterday. Your comment about the weather cracked me up.
Happy spring!


Melissa said...

That is terrible... losing the pictures and memories they have collected is so hard. It is wonderful that they all managed to escape safely, but fires are definitely awful.

Poor family!

Jess said...

That's so sad! I will definitely add them to my prayers tonight.

Having my house burn down is one of my biggest fears. Like you said, the things are replaceable, but the pictures and sentimental items aren't.

When I was about 8, I went through a period of being TERRIFIED that our house was going to burn down in the middle of the night. Every single night for about 2-3 months, I would put my prized possessions in a bag next to my bed, so that I could grab them if I needed to.

Casey said...

Sadly, I know firsthand how horrible it is to lose everything in a house fire. Our apartment building burned down about 3 years ago. I still get upset every time I think about photos, home videos, and Maddie's baby book.

Definitely saying a prayer for that family.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

That is horrible. SOunds like a Builder error. That was a beautiful house!!!!!!!!!

DReam House!

Thank goodness everyone is safe.

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