Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hot time in the old town tonight.

My sister called me up and asked if I wanted to come over for supper. She wasn't going to be home till 7 pm. So over I went. I mean it was a free meal. I could wait. I was there for about 2 hours and 45 minutes. On the way home as I approached the center of town I decided to stop for some gas though the meal I had just eaten could fill the bill. It's still fairly warm at 10pm and quite humid. As I pulled in to the station I could smell burning wood through the open roof and windows. Long story short there was a fire. It was in the direction of my home. As I was two quick turns away from home the road was blocked. It appeared the smoke was definitely billowing from a location near my house. It got a little scary as this was not the first time I was involved in a fire where I was living. All roads to my street were blocked off. I asked a police officer directing traffic near the fire where the fire was. It turns out it was near the intersection of my street and another. Roughly 6 or 7 houses from mine. I had to park on a different street and I walked a short distance home. Let me say right now that everybody got out ok. Nobody hurt. The house that burned was a fairly large wooden apartment house. Basically a big box with a flat roof. About 40 years a similar structure right next door burnt to the ground. The lot is now occupied by a small brick apartment building. You will see it in some of the pictures I took.

This and the next few shot were taken from my next door neighbors third floor porch. 

I later walked down for some closer shots.

This was not the blog I was originally going to do but at least I have one on the back burner. I also have some video but but I haven't looked at it yet and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. I'm writing this 12:55 am. Maybe tomorrow I get some shots of the building. I'm going to watch Craig Fergeson then go to sleep.
I'm outta here.


  1. Amazing shots Paul. Good work. So glad it wasn't your house! Fire is a bitch! Fast and deadly.

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  4. It is awful to have a fire so close to home. Fire is one thing that terrifies me as one of my sister's homes burned down when I was in high school.
    The pictures are very good. They have an almost eerie quality to them because they were taken at night.
    I hope you have a good day Paul and it finally cools off there for you.

  5. Sorry Paul. I made so many typos in the other 2 comments that I had to delete them.

  6. The old wooden structures burn so easy and after years are dry kindling. They are neat looking buildings, yet they are a trap.

    It would be scary to see flames shooting up in the air in my neighborhood. Glad you are okay and no one was hurt in the incident.

  7. Glad you are alright and it wasn't your house. Happy nobody was hurt. I like your photos. Take care in the heat today.

  8. Working back to the beginning of this blog, Paul...

    Haven't made a stop back at Spaces yet; you still have time to let me know if you want anything boxed and brought back: that collection of old Archie comics... the canary...
    That collection of old Lithuanian pinup girls...


  9. Because of company and so on, I missed going to the dashboard and seeing who updated. I know that scary feeling when you are away from home and yet see flames coming from what seems to be, right where your home is.

  10. I was in last night and had a look at this Paul. I was too tired to comment.. sorry but honest. Glad you got the shots. I have missed a few like this maybe out of fear or what have you . Glad no one was hurt espically you.
    Stay safe my friend but keep shooting.
    I remember the bush fire we had this summer and how scard I was yet it was miles away. It drove all the animals out onto the praires. We had a moose in the canola Sat night. Got him. Hes a big one. Photos are great but who cares. Will add them soon.