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Well as anyone reading this knows, my house caught fire and burned down. Let me try my best to walk you through everything that happened.

Well I was at home on my computer playing gemcraft when I smelled smoke. Not smoke from a cigarette or anything but heavy smoke. I got up to find where it was coming from to see smoke coming from my brother's bedroom. I open the door to see the mattress for his bed is on fire. Not smoking or anything, IT IS ON FIRE. The curtains are on fire to and I am hit with a wall of smoke. I get out of the house and called 911 (like 999 for the UK) I thought I could get a water hose and kick the window right next to the bed in and get the mattress extinguished (the house was full of smoke after I opened the bedroom door I couldn't get back inside) I get around to the back of the house and find he back parts of the house are on fire. I can see into the louvers and vents for the attic and see glowing and that is when I realized that the attic has caught. I opened the front and back doors hoping that the pets in the house could get out and got away.

It took the police about 5 min to get there and maybe 10 min for the fire department. They fought the fire for an hour and all I could do was watch it. The worst part was that a very large amount of people showed up to watch it as if it was a show. People I never seen before brought folding chairs and drinks and took up spots in my back yard and my neighbor's (who is also my aunt's summer home) with little regard for decency.

Anyhow let me show you what is left.

Here is the front

I think it be better to just link the photobucket



The other half of the front

Another angle

A view under the front step

The front living room

The room I was in when the fire started

Looking into the Den from the computer room, you can see the ceiling and then the roof collapsed in

The console that this computer was sitting on, if you are wondering what all the black is it is mostly burnt insulation

This is the room I first noticed the house was on fire, I opened the door to see a fireball and a wall of smoke.

The bed that I first saw that was on fire

The ceiling, there used to be a bedroom up there

Another view

The fire was so hot on one side but didn't even crack that mirror

The kitchen

Looking into my bedroom, it was spared fire but you can see all the heavy smoke damage, the firefighters also hosed everything down like it was on fire. My room was upstairs, and fyi if I had decided to take a nap that day I probably wouldn't be here.

My room is now complete with skylight, the roof fell in. I should have took a picture, there is a large pile of char I was standing on when I took that. All that was left of the roof right there.

A bedroom next to mine

The bedroom directly across from mine. This is also where the fire burned the hottest. The firefighters said that the only reason that I did not have a firestorm in my bedroom is that I had my door closed. The flimsy thing that was my door is laying in that picture on that was left of a loveseat. It was a flimsy door with cardboard packing for insulation. The firefighters also said that they first tried fighting the fire from above in that room but were chased out by a "tornado of fire" and it was the first time in his career as a fireman that he was ever chased out by a house fire.

Looking out into the front yard from that room

Looking at attic space with a water heater

Looking down into the room where the fire started there was an access to a "catwalk"

looking out onto another part of the house. It only looks like the roof is still there. It is just the shingles and the roof is about as thick as tissue paper and all the roof beams crumple on touch

looking down on the collapsed Den kinda weird that those books didn't burn

Another view


more to come

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Post on Fri May 27, 2011 9:13 am by D-Munny

Jesus, I can't imagine what that must have felt like.


Post on Fri May 27, 2011 9:18 am by HollyŠÉ¶

Again, I'm really sorry to have that happen to you, Sam. I would have kicked over the people sitting in lawn chairs.


Post on Fri May 27, 2011 10:40 am by someguy3657

That's terrible, Sam. I gave you a karma as a welcome back gift.


Post on Fri May 27, 2011 12:14 pm by JT_the_Ninja


...I know what you mean about the spectators, though. Drove past a burning house about a month ago, and the neighbors for blocks around were gathered outside to watch. []


Post on Fri May 27, 2011 2:54 pm by Travelcube

Yikes, that sounds horrible.


Post on Sat May 28, 2011 2:27 am by AwesomeMedic

people with chair watching your house burn...they have no soul.


Post on Sat May 28, 2011 5:44 am by someguy3657

AwesomeMedic wrote:people with chair watching your house burn...they have no soul.

Some peoples just want to watch the house burn


Post on Sat May 28, 2011 6:04 am by Tuomey

I can't believe people brought drinks and chairs to watch your house burn and came into your garden.
I would've asked the cops to arrest them for trespassing - or just started smacking some heads.

Man. That sucks.


Post on Sat May 28, 2011 8:53 am by Samiam

It did suck seeing those people come to just watch. it got even better the next few days while we were trying to salvage things we kept seeing people drive by just to gawk at everything. I have decided that if I am ever in the position to watch someone go through something like that I would render assistance.


Post on Sat May 28, 2011 8:58 am by Samiam

I also found out that someone had been to and rummaged through the house while we were gone. Nothing of value was left to be taken but it still pissed me off to an extent none of you understand.


Post on Sat May 28, 2011 5:58 pm by JT_the_Ninja

Wow...would it help if I dispatched ninjas to find the would-be looter? []


Post on Sun May 29, 2011 12:01 am by Tuomey

Man, when the Turians obliterate a whole bunch of people in 2157 I don't even think I'll be annoyed at this stage.
People are assholes.

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