22 November 2010 ~ 13 Comments

The Roof Is On Fire

Several of you saw on Twitter what happened at our house tonight (last night now?) and said keep you updated. Hard to do in 140 characters, so thought I’d write a quick post. I’ll post more tomorrow with pictures.

The quick info if you missed it – our house caught on fire.

Our next-door neighbor invited us over for dinner.  We went over and enjoyed the evening with them.
About 5 minutes before we were planning to leave, James comes running through his house yelling, “Something’s going on at your house!”
He had smelled the smoke from his kitchen and looked out.
We ran out to see smoke coming out and hearing smoke alarms go off.

I heard Rachel tell me that James said not to open the door.
So naturally…I went straight to the door and flung it open.
We have (had?)a floor furnace I HATE.  When it runs, the metal grate can seriously burn the kids.
I had thrown a rug over it cause I thought it was off, but apparently the thermostat was low.  I figured that was the case so I thought I’d get the rug out and all would be good.

House was full of smoke from floor to ceiling.
James was behind me with a fire extinguisher.
I buried my head in my shirt and went in to put out the rug.  I got most of it out, but not all.
Ended up emptying 3 extinguishers.  Including a fire I noticed behind the Lazy Boy.

Right after that, the fire department showed up.
They went in, took care of it, and said it was contained.  The damage was contained to the hallway for the most part.
But they were also trying to get under the house to make sure it wasn’t going on under there.
And lots of smoke was still coming out for a while.  I knew something more was up.

Eventually we see them climb on the roof and start poking holes.
Suddenly TONS of smoke is pouring out and we start seeing some pretty big flames.

Long story short, the fire actually started under the house.
Apparently the wood down there got pretty dried out over the years.  The rug helped keep some heat in and that’s all it took for the wood to start burning.
It burnt under the floor back to our kids closet.  There was some remodel in there in the past, and there was some pipe that went up and wasn’t enclosed.  The fire traveled up that into the attic.

For the most part our stuff is OK.
The kids bedroom was pretty much engulfed.
That one is way gone.
The rest of the house is a mess.
Hallway is pretty much toast too.
Holes poked in ceilings, etc.  Like I said.  I’ll post some pics tomorrow.

Most important thing…Rachel and the boys are fine.
Not sure how Caleb’s gonna take his room being totally gone.
We’re at our neighbors house for tonight, and were already planning to head south for Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, we can’t host the Monday Night Football party we had planned tomorrow night.
Now we’ll need to figure out where to stay for at least a couple months it looks like.
Fun stuff.

So that’s the update for y’all.
Truth be told, I’m a bit frustrated with it all and with life right now, but hopefully some sleep will improve that a touch.
Just this morning at Twin Oaks we talked a little about God churning our hearts in difficult times to prepare us for what He has and to see God glorified through it all.
So it’s another opportunity for God to work in our lives and for us to be satisfied in and with Him.  Period.
Doesn’t make it any more pleasant.  Ready for 2011 I think.
We’ll see what happens from here.
And as I promised, I’ll try to take some pics tomorrow.

It’s after 1am.
I ‘m going to bed.

13 Responses to “The Roof Is On Fire”

  1. Sue Hoff (Rachel's 2nd mom) 28 December 2010 at 9:25 pm Permalink

    All I can say is that homes can be replaced, yet, our loved ones can’t. God was certainly looking out for you and your family. It is a blessing you were not home, asleep in your beds when this fire erupted. Please, if you need anything, just let us know. We are there for you. We love you very much!

  2. Karl 22 November 2010 at 8:49 pm Permalink

    Praying for you and your family, brother.

  3. Tory 22 November 2010 at 2:32 pm Permalink

    Wow…. so glad you all are okay. So scary. Your family is in our prayers.

  4. Bridget 22 November 2010 at 11:00 am Permalink

    Bobby and Rachel, I cannot believe this happened to you. We have two extra bedrooms right now since the baby is still in our room. If you need a place during the time that you are down south just let us know. Our place is your place. We love you guys.

  5. lori 22 November 2010 at 10:28 am Permalink

    Wow Bobby – so sorry to hear this, but praising God that you are all OK. I know it’s just “stuff” but it’s a major disruption in your life. Praying for strength and patience through all of this.

  6. Charlie 22 November 2010 at 9:21 am Permalink

    Oh my gosh, Bobby. This kills me. Obviously, we will be praying for you guys, and we will do anything we possibly can to help. We love you guys.

  7. Sean 22 November 2010 at 9:01 am Permalink

    Dude! How can we help? Do you have plans for Thanksgiving? We have kids stuff. We have a place you can stay. Seriously, call me.


  8. Rick 22 November 2010 at 8:33 am Permalink

    Bobby and Rachel, I am so sorry to read about this – we are here for you guys. Anything you need, just ask. I will get Revolution praying for you guys as well.

    Seriously, anything you guys need – please ask.

  9. Megan 22 November 2010 at 8:14 am Permalink

    We love you guys! Need ANYTHING call!

  10. Claudia Sloan 22 November 2010 at 8:11 am Permalink

    Wow, so happy your family is fine. That you were all awake when it happened. We will be praying for lot’s of peace during the next few weeks. And let us know what we can do to help!

  11. Sara 22 November 2010 at 7:34 am Permalink

    I’m still so thankful you all are okay. Jon and I are home all week to help out in any way and have a lot of flexibility. Just holler. Love you guys.

  12. jamie stavenger 22 November 2010 at 6:17 am Permalink

    Sorry to hear this, Bobby! We’d like to help replenish some of the things you lost, let us know what you need!!

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