At 1:47 pm EST, I finally made it up here to my office. I planned on coming up here at eight this morning to catch up on my blogging but we had a
surprise that I didn’t expect (or it wouldn’t be a surprise, silly.) It took a while for it to dawn on me that a fire broke out in two buildings up the street from our house. From my pictures you can’t tell how bad it was. White and black storm clouds leaked from under the roofs. The best view was from my garage but the sun was rising right behind the fire and smoke so the pictures did not come out well. First, I just wanted to get out of the house with Cody in case we had to evacuate. PSE&G showed up to disconnect the transformer in front of one of the shops. Then, I saw our fire department had everything under control, so I put Cody back in the house and got a few pictures, per my daughter’s orders.
My daughter had a fit when I called her. She’s a firefighter here in town, but she was working at her job at the hospital today. Once she found out that all of her firefighter friends her age were in class, she felt a little better. Although my daughter and her friends were not there, I watched a long time. It was interesting to see what the firefighters do. They work very hard. My daughter is a little thing, five feet three, and today I got to see the huge water filled hoses she has to drag around and aim at fires and the tanks she has to wear on her back when she goes into buildings.
The fire started in a little tin auto shop where they paint old beat up cars and because of the wind, it spread into the garage of a cement finishing company right behind it. The aluminum roof of the auto shop completely buckled and melted. The cement company lost all of their rubber cement stamps, but their trucks and other big equipment didn’t get damaged.
Now, I need to regroup myself and get busy with what I originally planned on doing.
Update - Sunday 8:23 am: Snoogs (rhymes with books; my daughter) tells me the fire started while the man was painting a motor cycle with the doors closed and a spark ignited. The bike went up in flames and the man did get his hands burned fairly bad.