Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fire in the Neighborhood

We went to bowling yesterday
only to have my head start
acting up within five minutes of
our arrival.
Not like you are thinking...

Like the onset of a migraine.
My right eye had only partial
vision and I had trouble saying
what I wanted to say. My depth
perception and balance were off.


So...I called the Doctor's office
and they recommended getting home
to lie down for a while.
Mikey drove.
Thank goodness!

After a couple of hours of sleep
a neighbor dropped by. As soon as
she left something caught our eye.

Fire after another flying
down our little street. We rushed outside
and saw smoke coming from a farmhouse just
out of our sight.

Neighbors joined us as we huddled in another
yard and worried, wondered and prayed.

A little girl who lived in the burning home
came running down the road to us crying and
so very upset. Her uncle's dog was in the
house. Unfortunately we found out later that
this dog did not survive. My heart breaks for
these two families who shared this house.
It was divided into two residences.

They have family in the area so were able to
stay with them last evening but the house may
not be available to live in for a long time,
if ever.

Things were made more complicated for the
firemen as it has rained and rained over the
past month and everything is just too muddy.

At least one truck sank to its belly.
A huge tow truck was brought in to get it
out. Another woman got her car
stuck in the field in her attempts to
get out of the way of
the trucks.

In the end, as Warren came home much later
there were fire trucks lined up in front of
our home. This gave him quite a scare until
he figured out that we were in no danger.

This was in the reverse of what had happened
earlier that morning. A friend from work, who
happens to be with the fire company, called asking
if Warren had left for work yet. I responded that
he had. He asked when. My heart sank.

He told me he had reports of an accident on a
road that Warren uses daily and it was just
about at the place I would have expected him
to be at that point. There were some minutes
of anxiety as I waited to hear from Warren that
he wasn't in the accident. Finally, he called.
He had come up on it right after the fact, but
was not involved.

Emergencies, happening all around.

It is only grace when we are not involved.

Thankful for God's hand of protection on
our neighborhood and its residents yesterday.

My head is tender after the migraine yesterday,
but I am hoping that with TLC and Tylenol it will
be ok.

Here is a photo of one of the trucks outside
our house as they waited for the tow trucks to
remove the other stuck vehicles.

Looking forward to a much quieter day.
Georgia is making stuffed peppers for
our family dinner tonight. Yum!!

Hope you have a blessed and
wonderful day today.



Melissa G. said...

Oh my! I'm so glad you all are safe!
How sad though about the family's dog and home.
I hope your head feels better today!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I lost my own home in a fire a few years ago, so I can relate to what one goes through. I thought my own little dog was lost, but in the confusion, the girls got him out. What turned out tragic, actually turned into a blessing when I realized how everyone, even casual acquaintences and strangers came to my aid to offer help, donations and prayers. My prayers go out to the families.

Mrs.Rabe said...

So your certain that it was a migraine? Whew!

It is amazing to remember that the firemen are all volunteers from the community!

Rest today!

Persuaded said...

I had a migraine start up the other day while i was grocery shopping with the kids... I haven't had one in years, but there is no mistaking the symptoms, that is for sure. I was very worried about driving home, but miraculously my vision returned to normal as I was sitting in the car trying to decide what to do. Isn't God good? He protected us both.. you, by giving you a fine son to drive for you, and me by abating my symptoms long enough for me to get my children home safely.
And He protected your dear hubby too... praise His name!

~~Deby said...

oh...these kinds of tragedies are sad...and yet happen daily, don't they ? I think it is a real lesson on how short life is....not to live in fear, but to redeem the time.....and just keep trusting.
Hoping your head is doing better, my daughter suffers from debilitating migraines....I will pray for you..

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I hope that you are feeling much better today Becky. We had a fire in our house when I was in 3rd grade. I remember it all so vividly because that was the day we had a class trip to Manhattan and I went to the top of the Empire State Building. When we got back to school, our next door neighbor came to pick us up. No one was home that day, and another neighbor was able to get our collie out in time. It took them the better part of the summer to rebuild the house (we rented a beach cottage for that time)and I will never forget the permeates everything. That was in the 1960's and a set of childrens books that I inherited still have that smoky odor. Wow, your post jogged my memory!
♥, Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Becky, what a day! I thank the good Lord that it wasn't your house and that it wasn't your husband in the wreck, and I pray that your migraine is better. I Bless your heart! I also pray that the Lord watches over those who were less fortunate in the evens of yesterday. And that poor dog! I hate to hear that, but thankfully no one else was injured or died in the fire.



Carol said...

Hope you're feeling better, Becky. Try to take it easy today. When we over do it our body has a way of telling us to slow down.

Blessings & hugs,

SmilingSally said...

What a shocking day! Let's hope that type of excitement doesn't repeat and that today will be calm. You now have a real ministry with your neighbors.

Elena said...

So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope you get some rest and recover soon! Wow, how sad about your neighbors. I'm so glad your husband is OK. Take care and get some rest! Elena

LV said...

What a terrible day you must have had. It just seems that everything wants to happens at the same time. It is a wonder your headache ever got better with all this happening. Take care.

Kelly said...

Praise the Lord, no people were hurt in that fire. Will be praying for that family.

So glad, also, to hear that Warren is fine. God's grace is sufficient:)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Our youngest daughter and her husband, lost everything they owned, in a fire, right after they were married. They also lost their cat.
It was the most traumatizing time for them. About 6 weeks later, I had shingles for the first time in my life. Was told it was the stress of that fire and getting a call at 10:30 at night, telling me my daughter's house was on fire. I couldn't make the caller understand, I needed to know where the fire was located, since I have three daughters living in different towns, at that time.
Our rural volunteer fire dept and Vets. have stickers for doors, windows and garage doors, that indicate when an animal is inside a home. We have those on several places around the house.

Hope your head is much better today!