Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday-1:45pm--apartment fire & home makeover
I recorded both the local news shows last night.
Here's pictures from Channel 6 (ABC) of the apartment complex fire.
I watched this newscast first.
This complex is about three blocks south of mine on the same street.
You could see the billowing black smoke for miles.
ABC also covered the Home Makeover being wrapped up in Moorhead, Minnesota--our twin city across the river. I imagine this might air either later this season or next season. I don't know how far ahead they build these homes.
Here's the family after the "Move that bus" event.
The family did a lot of interviews and looked a bit tired--but very happy. Here's the mom..
...and the cutie pie son in a wheelchair. They didn't show a close-up of the daughter.
But--here they all are waving to spectators and local press. No one but the Home Makeover TV crew was allowed inside the house, they said. I'll have to watch for this family from Moorhead on the program.
Then I watched Channel 11 (CBS & NBC have combined up here some time ago, so the news is the same exact program on channel 4 and 11). Maybe combining gives them an advantage? They had better coverage.
They already knew last night that 150+ people were homeless. The surrounding neighbors rushed in to help people as they escaped the building. No fire alarm went off??!! People were calling 911 right and left. (Made me really glad ours works!! I wonder if they had a working fire alarm in the first place?)
It was a five alarm fire--that raged into the night.
They already had obtained photos from a bystander and knew how it had started and where it had started. (Well, they do have twitter and facebook--used to follow them--and people can take pictures with their phones these days and send them photos in seconds.) The fire started down on first floor--a resident was using a barbecue on their balcony. Something obviously went very wrong. ??
A spectator snapped these pictures just seconds apart.
Terrifying how quickly the fire spread up the balconies to the roof!
And no alarm went off!! It is amazing that no one died!
This young girl was arriving home just as the fire started...
...and raced up the smoky steps to third floor to rescue her dog.
This dog was also rescued from first floor by the owners who had just gotten home.
They didn't say if all the pets survived, but a local church was taking in pets with the help of the humane society.
I did hear that no humans needed to stay at the church last night. Everyone stayed with friends, relatives, or volunteers who took them in--even most of the pets, too.
The entire road was closed from 32nd Ave down to 40th for hours. The apartment was on 37th. I'm on 34th.
Just seeing such a similar complex go up in flames so quickly...makes you count your blessings, that's for sure.
I am so glad everyone got out. There were even two firemen who were trapped when the roof caved in, but they were rescued and even continued on with the firefighting after they were deemed okay to return to battle. I hope all the animals survived, too.
And I am so grateful I have people who cared enough to call and make sure Miss Karma and I were okay. :) :) :)
Count your blessings!!