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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:25 AM


My in-laws house burned up last night. They were able to get out safely, were able to save their dog, but their cat did not make it. My husband is down there this morning, trying to find out what is salvageable and what isn't. While he was there, another fire erupted from a hot spot and more damage, more fire hoses.

In this time when there are hard feelings, taut nerves, and rash comments, please take time to remember what's really important in your lives.


Donleigh  (Level: 155.3 - Posts: 5405)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:30 AM

So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:31 AM

I'm really sorry to hear of the loss of your in-laws' home and everything they treasured there, along with their beloved cat. So tragic. I'll be keeping them in my thoughts.

-- Geri

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:35 AM

I am so very sorry. I wish I lived closer......I could help in some way. You and Scott will be in my thoughts. If there is absolutely ANYTHING that I can do from here, please let me know.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:45 AM

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family -- I had a house fire, I know how devastating it is.

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:51 AM

That's horrible and I am so sorry. I cant even imagine how awful that would be. We all need to be thankful for what we have and now is the time to inventory what we have in case it happens to us.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.1 - Posts: 7692)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:07 AM

I'm sorry to hear of the devastating financial and emotional loss to your close family members.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:24 AM

Thanks everyone. I'm sad for them too. My husband about broke down when he was telling me about seeing them dirty, smudged with ash, and in the clothes they were wearing the night before, sifting through their belongings, looking for pieces of their lives that were still intact. The fire apparently started in the garage, both of their cars are destroyed, and what wasn't damaged by fire, was damaged by smoke, or water from the fire hoses. They don't even have clothes.

Luckily, they are insured, but to what extent, I don't know. I'm absolutely buried at work but I'm hoping to sneak out of here today and go help, or at least get our guest house prepared for them to come stay while their house is being either rebuilt or repaired, whatever the case may be.

Flcyclist  (Level: 131.1 - Posts: 691)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:24 AM

A fire is truly devastating. So many things are lost which are irreplaceable! Like the cat! (I just say that as the owner of three of them.) I wish the best for your inlaws and hope they can recover at least good feelings, memories and love as they go forward.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:41 AM

How heartbreaking . I am so sorry to hear this.So sad for their cat. Thank God they are safe.


Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 12:01 PM

Oh Lodi.. what a tragic event for them to endure... definitely a relief that they have insurance.. and even better that you have a guest house to accommodate them.. my best wishes to all of you

Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 12:03 PM

that is just awful! my thoughts are with you all as you sort things out.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 12:15 PM

I'm so terribly sorry to hear this. Even if our hands can't be there to help, our thoughts will be there to support.
You're so right, something like this does put everything else in perspective.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 12:40 PM

Oh Lodi - that is truly heartbreaking! I feel so bad for your family. Glad that they have insurance, but there are just so many things that can't be replaced, and of course those are the really valuable items. I had a house disaster a few years ago and the thing destroyed that really broke my heart was my son's baby book. Oh Man, I just feel really awful for your in laws. At least you and Scott are close by to help them get through this difficult time. Let fellow Sploofusers know if there is anything we can do to help!


Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:26 PM

That's terrible, Easy.

I'll bet my wife started the fire.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:37 PM

Did you have to pour a lot of gas on her, or did she catch first time?

Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:40 PM

So sorry Lodi! I can only imagine what they must be going through, especially with the heartbreaking loss of their pet. My thoughts are with them as they try to get through this - at least they are safe.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:56 PM

You guys are all great. Smaug & Martin, thanks for the laughs.

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 2:26 PM

You family is in my prayers,Lodi.

Smaug, I bet she did too.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 2:30 PM

I just talked with Scott. He has taken his parents to the mall so they can buy underwear, some clothes, toothbrushes, etc. They are hesitant to remove much until the insurance adjuster shows up - will be tomorrow because he's coming from Seattle. I asked about family photos, etc., and he said he didn't know. He was walking around and said "Hey, my high school senior picture survived.......damn, I look GOOD!"

He's a nut.

Tazmaniac72  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 213)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 3:39 PM

I'm really sorry to hear that Lodi. I'm glad that his folks are okay, but I'm sorry to hear that the cat didn't make it out. I hope everything works out for the best. My thoughts are with you guys.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 4:01 PM

I'm so sorry about the fire, Lodi, but rejoice that they made it out OK. A friend, whose home was destroyed by fire when she was a child, said the devastation is absolutely unbelievable. For months it will come back to haunt you as you think of something you once owned and no longer have.

Please let them know the Sploofus family is thinking of them and holding them in our thoughts as they go work through this tremendous loss. I hope their insurance will allow them to rebuild without worry about that aspect of it.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 4:30 PM

Thanks guys. I'm heading home now to get the guest house ready for them to use if/when they need it.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.1 - Posts: 6096)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 4:35 PM

I'm sorry, Lodi! I hope things get better for them, you and Scott soon!


Jeannette  (Level: 114.2 - Posts: 1735)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 4:37 PM

very sorry about the fire ,and about there beloved cat . your right we dont know whast we,ve got till its gone .theres allways someone worse off than our selfs .love to you all wish i could help .x j

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 5:40 PM

Uneducated preliminary examination by Scott says he thinks the fire started at the electrical box going into the house. What causes that? Crappy electricians? The house is fairly new as they just had it built a few years back.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 6:01 PM

Lori, that just sucks. Wish the cat could have made it out too, but glad that every one else is at least physically ok.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 8:22 PM

Hey, all I'm saying is my wife wasn't around at that time.

You should at least check it out.

I'm just saying....

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 8:25 PM

UGH!! I thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thankfully I have never had to go through a fire but I have been through a flood with my parents house. It was horrible, so I can imagine what they are going through. So many years worth of treasures gone. Things that some people wouldn't think twice about but were special to my parents, like kindergarten report cards, elementary school drawings and crafts given as gifts to them by my brother and myself as well as their grandchildren. It's just so sad.....I hope they are able to salvage the things they hold dear to their heart. ((((((HUGS))))))

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 8:44 PM

I'm so glad the family is safe! Please let them know they're in our prayers.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 9:10 PM

I guess mom was up & down today. Grateful to be alive one minute, and then crying the next over something she loved that was lost.

I understand what that's like. When I was about five, I got this little box of rings for Christmas. You opened the box and the rings were sitting there in a foamlike substance, with little slits cut out of it for the rings. It was about the coolest thing I had ever seen. Fake rings in every color! Well I wasn't careful with the box and when all the wrapping paper was gathered and taken out to the burn barrel, my rings got scooped up and I never saw them again. I still wake up in the middle of the night over that.

I need therapy, I know.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:33 PM

What a terrible thing to have happen. But they are lucky to have you and your husband and a guest house nearby. It sounds like you are really helping to keep up their spirits.

We're all here for you (your entertainment and amusement, as well as shoulders to lean on)

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:08 PM

I'm so sorry for your family Lodi, and for their trauma and
all their losses.

Unless there is absolute PROOF that the cat didn't make
it out, I'd suggest they look for it....Cats can squeeze through
tiny spaces and are very quickly alert, when something is
wrong....unless their cat was very old.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:32 PM

Thanks R - I thought the same thing so when Scott was down there today, I made him ask if they actually found the cat or if it was just missing but they confirmed that they found the cat.

I learned something even more horrible today about what happened. They always keep the front door locked, the door coming in from the garage was on fire, and they had run out the sliding glass door in the basement. When they did that, some stick-thing that they have there to lock the sliding glass door from the inside, fall down into its slot, and they were locked out from every door, knowing their cat was in the house.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:40 PM

So, so sorry, Lodi. Let me know if I can do anything. Claudette

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:43 PM

Oh I'm in tears too.
Had persuaded myself the cat was just
frightened, and would come back soon

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 1:25 AM

So sorry Lodi, hugs all around.

Jeannette  (Level: 114.2 - Posts: 1735)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 3:04 AM

aww lodi that must have been heart breaking for them ,made me cry too at least they are both ok material things can be replaced lives cant, its good they have scott and you to help hugs for you all . xj

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 6:45 AM

What a tragedy this is, Lodi. It's so easy to say "at least they got out", but the heartbreak of losing their possessions is too fresh right now. Families are an awesome thing. They are blessed you are so close by and can accomodate them as well. Losing the cat was the final straw and feeling powerless to stop it must have been an agony.
I'm so sorry for the troubles you all are going through right now. Thank God for families and insurance.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1024)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:47 AM

Sorry for your troubles, Lodi. I'm trying to imagine going through such an experience, and probably the most lingering regret would be the trapped cat. They must be glad to have family like you to help.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:00 AM

Fires are devasting -- I had a cheap tea pot, burst into flame -- it went from flame on the stove to inferno in seconds - I ran for my son, who was 18months old and napping -- had to exit thru the kitchen as front steps where under repair --- in the scant seconds it took to come back downstairs with my son in arms -- the kitchen was to black with smoke to see anything, I ran thru, and shut my kitchen door, and knew my house was gone. I had always planned, an escape route and to grab a packet of important things that would be difficult to replace -- well, when fire actually happened, the escape route was void due to repair work and the only thing I had time to grab was my child and his pacifier.
My heart goes out to you and your family

1mrshunch  (Level: 94.0 - Posts: 46)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:32 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your parents home. What a horrible loss- but yes, thank God they are ok. I am sorry for the loss of Kitty. It is one thing to lose a home but another to lose a beloved friend. Prayers are with your family and they try to find some solace. Sending you big hugs from South Florida.. Melissa

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:43 AM

I do remember and always will xx

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 1:11 PM

I was driving an RV on the TransCanada Hwy in 1980
There was just a POP, then smoke started to pour from
the floor into the interior. Pulled over to the side of the road,
grabbed my kids and dog - and ran out of the back door.

Two lessons were learned from that inferno....
1) Always make sure you have your Fire Policy somewhere
where it can't be destroyed in the fire....The Insurance can
tell you anything when you don't have the Policy.
2) Make sure you grab your cigarettes and lighter - as I did.
Sure needed that smoke to calm my nerves!!!!

BTW, the dog was the first one out!!!!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 3:14 PM

Cripes...sry Lodi.

I'll call later.


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 3:26 PM

Here's an update: They in-laws will be coming to live with us, at least temporarily, as of tonight. It sounds like things are going well with the insurance company, although the adjusters will be here through Monday taking inventory.

My mother-in-law called me today and cried on the phone, first because all of the things of sentimental value she had lost, and secondly, because of the generosity and good-heartedness she has experienced from absolute strangers. She told me that first on the scene was the water trucks from the rodeo grounds across the highway. Without being called, they saw smoke and responded immediately to her house. Farmers started showing up with equipment, and thirdly, the fire department arrived. She said within minutes, her house was surrounded by all of these people and private citizens showing up seeing how they could help. Friends have been giving her clothes, loaning them a car until they get things sorted with insurance, and keeping their dog. She said she was most overwhelmed by a complete stranger who stopped by after the fire. They were sitting out in the yard, trying to digest what had happened to them when a woman drove up in her car and said "When I drove by this morning, your home was beautiful. When I came back it was gone." She hugged her hard and thrust a hand full of bills into her hands and left.

Pay it forward.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 4:00 PM

what a great community, sticking together like that. In these kinds of times, no one stops to ask about religious or political affiliations. People really do love each other regardless. Take care. Sandy

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 5:30 PM

((((HUGS)))) Yes, in times like this it seems like people come out of the wood works to help. Things like this seem to draw a community and neighborhood closer together and bring out the goodness in people's hearts. Mom and Dad had people coming out of the wood works after the flood. Everything from simply bringing by food and cleaning supplies to giving them furniture. A man from town brought his backhoe in and removed the massive rolls of hay stuck in their fence. A man that lived up the road that was a mechanic came down and took Dad's motorcycle home and took it completely apart, and cleaned it up and got all the water out of it so it would run again. The tears in mom and dad's eyes when people that they didn't really know that well would stop and help. One guy that I recognized as being a couple years behind me in school was driving by one day and saw us trying to drag some wet carpet out. He stopped, jumped out of his truck and ran over to help us lift it into the dumpster that someone had sent to the house (we never found out who paid for the dumpster to be sent.) He simply said he remembered my mom and dad helping his mother out before her death and felt it was only right to pitch in and help them out in return. He worked side by side with us for hours that night. I remember my daughter (who was 10 at the time) looking at me and asking me who all those strange people were that were helping clear the house out. I simply said to her, "You're grandparents have been good people all their lives and have helped others whenever they had the chance and these people are simply returning the favor." Pay it forward indeed.....

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 10:08 PM

Sounds as if the place where you live is not only aesthetically
beautiful....but is also filled with people with beautiful hearts.

The older you get - the harder it is to "get over" events like this.
Hope your mother-in law is able to relax and come to some peace
soon....she's lucky to have a daughter in law like you...

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 11:17 PM

Thanks Rowlanda. I am actually worried about their health taking a dive after this traumatic incident. I will look after them the best I can and the best they will let me.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 2:00 AM

A quick note before I go to bed. The inlaws are here. They are exhausted and emotionally spent. They keep telling stories of human compassion that are moving. Someone showed up with a pair of shoes, another a set of socks. Bags of clothes keep appearing at their house, and a neighbor up the street who owns a grocery story handed them a $500 gift certificate for groceries today. I find all of this so moving and inspiring that I have made a promise to myself, from this moment on, to make sure I pay attention when I hear of families in need and be more pro-active on that. I thought my donations and my sponsoring a family at Christmas was plenty. I was wrong. When I see what a difference a pack of socks can make to someone who has lost everything, I know I can do more.

Thanks for listening, friends.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 2:06 AM

Get mom a kitty. Make it adorable. New life is a wonderful, healing thing.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 4:55 AM

I am really sorry to hear what happened to your husband's folks, Lodi......I know it will be so hard to comfort them though.

My prayers and best wishes for everyone's recovery. Thank God they are alive, but I am so sorry about poor kittycat.

Smokie's right, get them another kittycat to aid the healing process.


1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 9:21 AM

I sat here reading Lodi's note from last night with tears rolling down my face. I think we lose sight sometimes of the really important things in life. I know I do. I know too that in a lot of areas I have become somewhat jaded. I try really hard to help people when I can because I know how important it is. I will try to be more observant of people and their feelings. Thanks for having a big heart Lodi and for always being there for people. AND thanks too to all of you supportive Sploofers.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 11:02 AM

Jeannette  (Level: 114.2 - Posts: 1735)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 5:44 AM

lodi ive been away for a couple of days so just read your update .Its lovely to read that the spirit of community is still alive ,its these acts of kindness that will keep you all going ,love and hugs to you all keep your chin up x j

Wordster  (Level: 166.7 - Posts: 936)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 6:51 AM

Sorry to hear about your family difficulties. Haven't been on here for a few days. All the best.

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