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Some of you know that my oldest son (age 23) was living in an apartment building that caught fire Friday, June 28. It was a horrible night, but out of every horrible thing that happens, so much good comes as a result. I made some thank you cards for the wonderful people who gave to my son.
This is what we saw when we arrived Friday night. Two aerial ladders were extended attacking the fire. It was a 2 Alarm Fire and they battled the blaze for 3 hours.
Kramer's apartment was in the lower level the opposite side of the building from where the fire started. He moved in June 1 and of course did not listen to us about getting renter's insurance BEFORE he moved in. It was on the to-do list, but not done....
More pictures are included at the end of the post if you are interested. Now back to the card:
I got the Thanks ribbon card image from the Silhouette Store. The fire charms also came from the Silhouette Store. I made a circle all by myself!!!
Here is my screen shot. I needed a place for him to write, so I added the circle and adhered it to the inside of the card behind "Thanks".
I trimmed off the charm circle and used the fire truck as an embellishment.
I tied the fire hydrant to the front hole of the card with twine. I looped the twine through the back two holes and tied a bow.
I tied the fire hydrant backwards so it did not cover up much of the word.
This was the most creative my brain let me be!!!!
I am linking this up at Pink Cricut today! Sarah featured my Subway Art project from last week - EEK!!!
This is the end of the building where Kramer lived. He was on the lower level on the right side in this photo. You can see the roof is gone!
His bedroom window is the bottom window, second from the left.
This is the opposite end of the building where the fire began on the second floor balcony. Rumor is it was a grill or cigarette. ****Confirmed that a cigarette left in a flower pot was the cause, news store HERE. The lady who lived here (did not know at the time it was her apartment) told me she was in bed and her cats came and woke her up. Ummmm not many people start their grill and go to bed - just sayin'!!
This is just around the corner from where the fire started. The fire went straight up to the roof and attic. It was a good thing that the roof collapsed because several pets were trapped inside and that allowed most of the smoke to rise up into the sky. Many pets were rescued the next day. I heard that one cat and one dog did not make it.
We could not get inside the building until Monday. Kramer had no idea if anything would be salvageable. He was told Friday night that there was about 3 feet of water in his apartment.
We got a 30 minute time slot Monday so we got two trucks and lots of help!!
Some of Tyler's baseball teammates came to help. Sam (in blue shirt) is going to college to learn about fire protection. His dad and uncle are firemen. Chis is our Eagle Scout of the Year and saved a friend from drowning a few years ago. He is our center fielder. Tegan is one of our pitchers and will go to college to earn his sports medicine degree. Tyler is our catcher and is going to college to study engineering. All four of these young men will play baseball in college - very proud of them already and grateful for their help.
Bonus - you can see my mother-in-law decked out in her boots ready for action!!!
Tanner is helping scoot the bags of wet items to the back of the truck. He is disappointed that he can not go in the building.
We got out so much!!! Kramer got his brand new coffee table and desk out.
Here is the update I sent out yesterday. As I re-read this I realized my math was off. We had over an hour in the building!!
I also want to thank the numerous facebook and blog friends who reached out to me with offers of prayers, furniture, etc. I am feeling very blessed that people I only know online want to help!!