I was working at my computer a few days before we left for our vacation when all of a sudden, there was a FLASH! the house shook and the electricity shut down. It was incredibly dark for that time of the afternoon from the storm. I had just lit the third candle when B. Bear caught my attention and said someone was ringing the doorbell.
When I got to the bottom of the stairs, our maintenance man, Kevin and a Fireman were at the door. "Get out now! The roof is on fire!"
Our neighbor across the way invited us over to her porch while we watched the firemen at work. Lightening had struck and blasted a hole in the roof and started a fire in a vacant apartment on the third level. We watched as they brought the ladder in, then they proceeded to chainsaw an opening in the roof on the other side to get the hoses in. Fortunately, the apartments were vacant, and the lower one didn't have fire damage, but the tenant had to move due to water damage.
Everyone was ok. I'm certain the insurance will take good care of the property. Kevin told us the firewall in our units did exactly what they were supposed to do, so damage was minimal and the fire didn't spread. The fire department arrived here quickly, and everyone is thankful to the person who called when they saw the smoke.
I found out that had B. Bear not been home to tell me that someone was at the door, the Fire Department has a key that opens a lock box near our door that has a spare key to the apartment just for cases like this. That's good to know. Even if Kevin hadn't been there, the fireman knew I was deaf by the small note on our door for delivery people to set packages at the door because I can't hear the doorbell. .
I posted a few photos of the event below.
There is an illustration how to sign "fire" just click: LifePrint
Be sure to check out the beautiful interpretation of "Set Fire to the Rain" by Jeremy Neiderer at the bottom of this post.
The firemen were on this ladder during the lightening storm. I'm so glad they didn't get struck!
Lyrics to the song are below the video.
Check out Jeremy Neiderer's channel on YouTube here:
"Set Fire To The Rain"