Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's not like in the movies.....

i was headed to Annabelle's class party and happened to look up when i saw it - a smoke cloud...now that's not unusual around here - we live near the paper mill but this smoke was different - it was BLACK and BILLOWING - like none i've ever seen
i was fully expecting to see the burger king on fire as i approached it i honestly couldn't believe what i was seeing....

i have NEVER seen anything like this in my life ~ i hopped out of my car and all i could think was "IS THERE ANYONE IN THERE???" it was paralyzing....you're sitting there watching people lose EVERYTHING they have which is bad enough but as fire rips through and you are standing there you are wondering if people are losing their lives

i know they say it on tv and in the movies about how fast fire can run through a house but let me tell you it's faster than anything you can imagine....when i got there they fire i think had just started i watched it rip through the apartment complex in what seemed an instant and this was the BACK of the apartment

there were people lined up on both sides of the road...i can't honestly think of the words to describe what i was thinking as i sat there...everyone kept looking around at each other with this "OMG is THIS really and truly happening?????"

i moved to the front of the apartment complex and it was GONE! the roof was totally collapsed and there in the middle of this smoke and chaos stands a lone fireman in a bucket battling the fire....(no you can't see him - YET)

and there he is ~ if you look at the pictures you can see the smoke turn from BLACK to GRAY to WHITE - thanks to their amazing efforts this was the only complex that was lost...

unfortunately - after further investigation the conclusion was horrific

a meth lab exploded (the 3 grown men made it out alive) the 19 year old and 4 year old they left in there to save themselves didn't make it out nor did their neighbor
life changing and for 3 life ending

how do you leave your daughter/niece/girlfriend and a 4 year old in an apartment??

it was one of those moments I will NEVER forget

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Mari said...

Incredible! I can't believe they left a child in there. It's horrific.
We just had a restaurant in our town burn down this afternoon. We had to close the windows at work because of all the smoke. It's a terrible thing to see, but at least there was no injury or loss of life in this one.

jenniedub said...

Was this today? OMG that is just awful...so the sorry you know what's just left the others in there and didn't even try to get them or anything?? JUST AWFUL. I hope they arrested those crackheads ASAP!!!

julie said...

That just gave me goose bumps. So, So awful!! I CAN NOT believe they left that baby in there?! ANYONE??! Unimaginable. What a horrific thing to witness and praise God YOUR baby was safe that day.

Cheri said...

That is just tragic! I can imagine it probably just felt so surreal.