Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Fire and missing in action

So at 1:30ish Sunday morning I found the building we live and work in on fire. Luckily I found it in its early stages, it could have been much worse and I thank my lucky stars that we are all still alive. The only injury was Stumpy cat who I couldn't find to get out before the smoke was too much. She hid and suffered smoke damage to her airways. She was rushed to the vet at 5 in the morning and stayed in a couple of days. It was very touch and go at first as her blood oxygen levels dropped to a scary level but she is recovering just fine now and eating well too.



The firemen were amazing, arrived really fast and very professional. We had 5 units turn up and a tea van! I could not give them more praise than I already am, it is shocking that they are having their budgets cut so severely.

We are now all in clean up mode. Down stairs in the workshops everything is black. Everything else is covered in a fine layer of soot, from a distance it looks fine, then you touch something and get black hands. Everything is having to be cleaned with a damp soapy cloth otherwise you just smush the soot around. Everything fabric even in drawers/wardrobes is having to be washed. Luckily we have a fabulous laundrette down the road and the lady has been so helpful and understanding, cant praise her enough either! So far she has done 4 big black bin liners full of clothes and has several more to do too.

Here's a look at where the fire was and the damage done.














15 comments:

Helen said...

Good grief, you were so lucky!! I know what you mean about the black soot everywhere; way back in the late 1970's when I was in my A level year, my grandma had a house fire and the mess was incredible. Sadly she died, they think she had a stroke and fell against the fire guard which had a cloth covering it which started the fire... but oh, the mess in the house!! So apart from Stumpy, I am glad no-one suffered.

sam21ski said...

Glad that everyone is safe Clare. Like you say, it could of been a lot worse, thankfully, it wasn't.

Any idea how it started yet?

Sam xxx

Beatrice said...

Must have been so scary - good to hear you are all OK - hope the clean up goes smoothly

Sandy Jones said...

OMG clare that's bad,, so plez you and every one are ok and the cats is getting better,, but bloody hell girl you is very lucky xx
If there's any thing you need and i can help just yell sweet x

Crafting Queen said...

Glad to hear everyone is safe. Poor Stumpy cat, hope she is ok. Must have bee a terrible experience. Hope you get back to normal soon. Hugs Anesha

Dana said...

So grateful you caught it in it's early stages but that having been said, the damage is horrific!! Good luck with clean up! I wish I was closer to help. I can wield a mean soapy sponge =0)
and Yay that Stumpy is recovering nicely!!!

ArteDar said...

My heart goes out to you darlin'!! I lost a home and most everything in a fire and wouldn't want anyone to go through this devastation. Praying kitty gets well fast and you can put all of this behind you real soon. Peace and much Love.

Minxy said...

WOW, Looks like the angels were looking out for you all for sure, So glad everyone made it out.
Hope the clean up isn't too stressful, You know where we are if you need to vent x

Art Journey said...

Thinking of you chickee. If you need anything or there is anything I can help with, let me know. xxx

{I posted a similar comment yesterday but it hasn't shown up, if this is a duplicate...just delete it!)

Julia Smith said...

Glad you are in one piece Clare x

Gina said...

OMG Clare!!! So luck we girls have to pee in the night!!! ?doesn't bare thinking about the alternative outcome. So glad you are all safe.
On the + side...you have some awesome pics to use for arting with...mega distressing with a hint of steampunk :D XXX

Clare said...

Hi Clare, lovely to meet up yesterday, checked out the pics of the fire, how lucky you woke up when you did. Catch up later in the week. Bw Clare

Tanya said...

OH Claire!!!!! Thank heavens you are all ok and you are all alive. I am glad all the animals made it through. I am so so sorry this happened to you ,Please tell me if there is anything at all that I can do to help you get through this time;. I really hope you didnt lose too much in the fire. Hugs

Tanya said...

I am so so sorry Claire that this happened to you, I dont think my last message made it though so I am gonna have to repeat myself...sorry if it comes out doouble. I am glad you are all ok and that you and the animals made it through. I hope you didnt lose to much those pictures really made me cry. If there is anything at all that I can do to help you please let me know.

Vickie Porter said...

Clare! I'm just catching up on some blogs and had no idea you had a fire! I'm so glad everybody is fine! Soot cleanup is hard - we had an oil furnace cough soot all over everything we owned once. We had to do the same kind of cleanup and frightening amounts of laundry & dry cleaning. I hope things are back to normal for you soon!