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The good news: We are all fine! The bad news: Dealing with a house fire.

Friday, October 12, 2012

For those Sparkers who are also my Facebook friend, this is just a copy of what I posted on FB. Thanks for checking up on me. :-)

So, here's what's new in my and Jack's lives the past couple days: Small fire at our house. We are fine and all pets fine too. Small amount of damage to the house. But, we have no electricity, no landline phone, no internet, no cable, and likely won't have any back until Tuesday at the earliest. :-(

Next to the no electricity, the worst thing is the smell of smoke and burned/melted vinyl siding. It permeates the house, including clothes of course. They are bringing some fabulous ozone machines next week, which are supposed to suck out or somehow get rid of most of the bad odors. I'm looking for ward to that!

All in all, we are very very lucky. Some nearby construction workers saw the smoke & flames fast and called 911, fire dept arrived quickly (but Jack and the workers had fire out already). Everyone is fine!!! The insurance co. is being great! The local electric co. was very responsive (not their fault the electric won't be back on quicker), contractor was very quick to respond, neighbor brought us coffee this morning (love them!!!), pets are still a little unsettled but doing fine. Insurance gave us temp housing. I cannot take the smell in the house so I'm staying at the hotel nights until that is cleaned up. Jack can tolerate the smell so he is is staying at home with the critters; he does not want to uproot them by bringing them to the hotel. That may change if he freezes in the house tonight. We have lots to be thankful for and I can't thank all these people enough.

That about sums it up. I hope your weekend is not as eventful as ours has started.

With all this going on, I will be online a bit less than usual. I'll catch up with you all when things calm down on this end.

Take care and remember to give thanks for all your blessings. I am certainly doing that.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ABRANNEWME2014 12/5/2012 3:26PM

    Hi again Merle I'm just reading this post about the fire sorry I didn't see it earlier I'm glad you and your family are ok that's important....


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CHERKYLE 11/12/2012 11:42AM

    I too am thankful you are ok!!

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JINLYNN 10/20/2012 3:33PM

    So thankful to hear that you are all okay.

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RSWIFE 10/19/2012 12:48PM

    Oh my goodness! Thankfully you are all okay. I'm so sorry I didn't send my regards sooner. I haven't had much time to go on spark lately. I hope you will be able to get back in the house soon. Hugs, Lucinda

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2WHEELER 10/16/2012 2:10PM

    So sorry and glad that everyone is safe. You weren't roasting a pig, were you?

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BECCALYNN75 10/15/2012 2:42PM

    So glad you are all okay!

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    So glad everyone's okay! Hopefully everything gets fixed quickly!

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KARRENLYNN 10/15/2012 12:50PM

    I'm sorry this happened to your family, and I'm glad the damage wasn't worse. Isn't it amazing how people pull together when something like this happens? Glad you have a lot of support. I hope things get as back to normal as possible sooner than later. :)

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DDHEART 10/15/2012 11:20AM

    It would seem there is nothing like a tragedy. near tragedy to guide a person's focus to the positive...that is that you and your pet's are ok. I know that this is not easy but you have also had the opportunity to see the goodness of your neighbors and to find out that your insurance has been helpful...not that you wanted to have to find that out. I hope that all gets cleared up quickly for you and of course, I suppose you could rent a generator to help keep the house warm enough for your pets and make it possible for your husband to do some of the necessary things at the house.

If having friends wishing well for you is of any have it covered!

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AMYB1985 10/15/2012 5:40AM

    I'm so glad everyone is okay!

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WIO_ALISA 10/13/2012 3:19PM

    So happy to hear you are all okay. Love they way you're focusing on your blessings in this. I'll be thinking of you as you cope with everything.

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LASARRE 10/13/2012 1:35PM

    Glad everyone is ok :)

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CINDHOLM 10/13/2012 10:30AM

    So Glad everyone is safe.. emoticon

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DREENAMT 10/13/2012 10:10AM

    Oh, bless you. Thankfully you are all okay. I will be thinking of you through the hard work to come. And maybe you should go camping this weekend and get away from the fumes! Love to you!

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KAREN_NY 10/13/2012 8:45AM

    Blessed to be safe, and to have such support!

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CELIAMINER 10/13/2012 8:07AM

    Blessings to you, hubby, and the critters! Glad you are all safe!

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CALIDREAMER76 10/13/2012 7:12AM

    You have an amazing and inspiring attitude! I'm glad all are safe!
God bless you with a speedy recovery and all be better than before!

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/13/2012 6:53AM


Having a fire at your home must have been a frightening experience ! I'm glad that someone saw in time so that the fire department could contain it. I'm sure it must be a relief that everyone is okay and the house had minor damage.

You may want to bring over some cookies or treats for those construction workers. It was great that they helped out a neighbor.

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REBECCAMA 10/13/2012 6:48AM

  Sounds like it could have been much worse. You are very lucky. Sorry for your ordeal.

Well talk about perspective.. I am sitting in a hotel room only 2 hours away from my home and I've been unhappy about the place for all of it's defects, but if I was staying here because I had no power at home (and I have had to do that before with storm damage) then I would just be grateful for the heat.

Good luck with your repairs.

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REMEMBER2BME 10/13/2012 6:39AM

    So glad everyone is ok!

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LOPEYP 10/13/2012 5:55AM

    Merle, I am glad that you and Jack and the animals are all okay. What a scary thing! I am glad that everyone reacted quickly before too much damage was done. emoticon

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MATER88 10/13/2012 1:49AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your fire. But I am grateful that you didn't lose anyone ( including the critters.) You are one of my favorite people on SparkPeople and I know your great attitude will get you back to normal as soon as possible.


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1MANKNEY 10/13/2012 12:45AM

    Sorry to hear your news. Glad you and the rest are all okay. Glad there is not too much damage, but this is still scary stuff, so very upsetting for all of you. I hope you get things all put back together soon so you can get back home and all be together again. I always feel sorry for the pets (and small children) because they really don't understand what has happened and there is just no way to tell them that things will be okay.

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KAYBEE37 10/13/2012 12:41AM

    Sorry sorry to hear about the fire, but I'm so glad that you and your family and pets are OK. Thanks so much for the update. I will keep my fingers crossed that things can get back to normal for you really soon. Hang in there!

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JANTWO 10/13/2012 12:36AM

    Praise God you are all okay!!!! I am so sorry it happened. I hope everything is restored real soon. emoticon

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FEMISLIM 10/13/2012 12:32AM

    To God be the glory that you all are ok.

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PHEBESS 10/13/2012 12:02AM

    So sorry you are going through this, but glad it wasn't any worse!

Hang in there, it will improve!

(We had a brush fire outside the house once, took several trucks to put it out, and the house smelled of smoke for weeks - I had to sleep sitting up for a week or so - so stay at the hotel until the smell is gone for YOU. Some of us just have more sensitive nasal passages.)

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LVMAMAW 10/12/2012 10:53PM

    So glad you are all okay. How terrible for you! We will keep you in our prayers!!
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ALIHIKES 10/12/2012 10:42PM

    Wow I am so glad you are all right! Fire is very scary, and the damage from the smoke can be overwhelming. emoticon

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JUDYHELP 10/12/2012 9:57PM

  emoticon glad that you and your family are ok. emoticon sending sunshine your way for a quick recovery getting things back to normal. Continued success and happiness on your new journey. emoticon Judy

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JEANUT 10/12/2012 9:44PM

    Thank God all of you are OK and it wasn't a total loss.
We lost our house back in '90 and still thank God no one was hurt.
Prayers you can get it fixed and back in it soon

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RUTHE_51 10/12/2012 9:42PM

    Wow! Glad you are okay. I sure appreciate your upbeat attitude. It must have been heart-stopping, at least momentarily!

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