Saturday, November 17, 2007

Arising from the ashes

As you have may have read in Patti's earlier post, her mom had to be rescued from a fire at her home this morning. Marion is at the hospital, and she will be admitted there for at least a night for observation. She's okay, but as Patti noted, the thing that matters is that she did get out.

We are thankful to her next door neighbor was pulling into his driveway and was able to call for assistance. You appreciate it that people pay attention to their neighborhood. For that, we are grateful.

Patti took 51 pictures inside the house. The overall structure is sound, but uninhabitable, for sure. There is substantial fire and smoke damage. No one will be living there for many months. Because of all the steps, I and the wheelchair haven't been in the house since 1995. In the picture, you are looking at the remnants of the sleeper sofa in the living room. Not good.

We are figuring that she will stay here for awhile as the wonderful insurance company and adjusters sort this all out. Patti called and said that the house has been secured, the broken windows have plywood over them. In this Thanksgiving week, we are very thankful that the events did not lead to a final calamity, and we will all be together to give thanks...


Linda said...

As I look at that picture I keep thinking that things could have been so much worse for your mother-in-law and am very thankful that they were not.

Fires are always tragic but even more so when it's around the holidays. Sending thoughts of good wishes and blessings to all of you. Take care!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

how awful for her. imagine the loss of everything. make sure she gets an insurance adjuster that works for HER. poor lady. i am so sorry.


Lynn said...

Wow. How difficult this must be for your MIL. I can't begin to wrap my mind around what she is going through, and how she will react when she sees what is left of her home. Thank goodness she has family to support her, and that you and Patti have each other.