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Thread: What doesn't kill you makes you...? UPDATE!! Post #41

  1. #1
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    Jan 2002
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    What doesn't kill you makes you...? UPDATE!! Post #41


    Before anyone panics, myself, my dogs, my geckos, and all of my posessions are safe.

    My apartment building went up into flames this morning. They are unsure of how it happened or started. Luckily for me, it started on the other end of the building and my apartment and the one above me were "safe" to go into and retrieve our things. The others they weren't letting anyone in.

    It started at around 5am this morning. I was just waking for work, pressing the snooze button more than once. I heard someone screaming and I thought it was just the people above me fighting again. It didn't sound like them though, so I threw on pajama pants and a sweater and went outside to see what was going on. My neighbor was running up and down the parking lot freaking out screaming. She had been up all night working on some things and was just about to go to bed when she heard the crackling. I looked up and saw the embers flying and flames growing.

    I instantly went back in, threw Alice in a crate, leashed Mufasa, and carried the crate out. There was a neighbor that I've become friends with but lives in the buliding across from mine standing there. I handed her my dogs and went back in. I grabbed my phone, camera, phone charger and my dad's laptop as they were the closest things to the door as the fire department was yelling at me to get out. My geckos were still in there and I was trying to go and get them but they wouldn't let me. A firefighter ended up going in there and getting them for me.

    I spent the day completely calm and keeping my neighbors sane. I stopped arguments between neighbors whose nerves were in flames as well. I comforted my neighbors and kept myself completely calm and collected. I've hugged so many complete strangers today and one guy even called me an "earth angel." I lost it after it was all over.

    They ended up letting me go into my apartment at around 1pm. I called up my friends, 4 guys that live together - they ended up coming over right away and helped me pack all of my things up. My dad got me a storage room and we stuffed as much as we could in there.

    Myself and the kids are at my parents for the night, I'm not sure where my life is taking me after tonight but I'm glad I'm still here and my kids are fine too. My parents neighbors are using their fireplace right now and I can't even stand the smell of it.
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    Last edited by Kfamr; 12-31-2009 at 02:57 PM.

    ~Kay, Athena, Ace, Kiara, Mufasa, & Alice!
    "So baby take a axe to your makeup kit
    Set ablaze the billboards and their advertisements
    Love with all your hearts and never forget
    How good it feels to be alive
    And strive for your desire"

    -rx bandits

  2. #2
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    Jun 2000
    Windham, Vermont, USA
    Oh, dear, we are so glad you and your critters are safe! That was kind of the firefighter to get your geckos for you! Goodness, how terrible. We are very proud of you for keeping your head about you when necessary.
    I've Been Frosted

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    How awful Kay. Thank goodness you, your dogs and geckos are ok.
    Forever in my heart...

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    Sep 2007
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    How terrible, but you and your kids are safe, and that's what counts. Hopefully you'll be able to find another place to live without too much trouble.
    Wolfy ~ Fuzzbutt #3
    My little dog ~ a heartbeat at my feet

    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Aug 2004
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Thank goodness you all got out safely. Congratulations for maintaining your cool all day and helping those that needed it. Everything will be ok. Give yourself time to breathe now. Hugs from me, Cali and Deigo.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (13 year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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    Jun 2008
    North Texas
    So glad you and your animals are safe.....glad everyone is safe.....those pictures were so scary! Fire scares the mess out of me....Good luck in getting everything straightened out.
    Shannon, Boomer, and Sooner

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    GOOD JOB, Kay!
    You kept your and did what neeeded to be done to SAVE the Kids
    and your property, AND give comfort to the neighbors!

    Let us know what you need - we'll be happy to help you!!

  8. #8
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    Sep 2000
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Kay - thank heavens you and all the critters are OK .....
    "No dog is born either vicious or friendly, but rather a blank slate that is moulded, for better or worse, by the owner."

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    Oct 2008
    Ellicott City MD
    I'm so glad you and your pets are OK! I'm so sorry this happened! Be safe!

    ​GO RAVENS!!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    I'm so very glad you and your critters got out safely. What a horrific experience.

    Thankfully you had a safe place to go

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    Wow, Kay I am glad you got out of there in time with your pups and your geckos and you all are okay. That is my worst nightmare.
    Krista- owned by Rudy, Dixie, Miagi & Angel

    Rocky, Jenny, Ginger Buster & Tiger .. forever loved & always in my heart..

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Rural Eastern Ontario Canada
    Poor Kay! It is such a relief to know that you and menagerie are safe though... I hope everything turns out okay very soon and you find a good place to move to.
    Lilith Cherry
    "Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself." -Mahatma Gandhi

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    Sep 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio USA
    What a horrifying experience! So glad you are safe.

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    Oct 2005
    Illinois, USA
    Kay, I am so glad you, your dogs, and geckos are safe!
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!

    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

    "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays." -- Persius, first century Roman poet

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    Jun 2000
    Windham, Vermont, USA
    What doesn't kill you makes you ....

    glad to be alive!

    And we are glad you are. Did you guys have renters insurance? Do they know what started the fire?
    I've Been Frosted

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