Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fourth of July FIREworks now have a whole new and not so good meaning for me, this #WordlessWednesday photo is definitely worth a thousand words!

I have never truly come close to a true wordless 'Wordless Wednesday', but today will be the closest I have ever come. A bit after midnight on the Fourth of July we were awakened to the sound of someone pounding on our door yelling "FIRE!" "FIRE!".

Someone threw illegal fireworks off the roof and set the building ablaze.

I have more photos of the destruction that the FDNY left in their wake, but I think my battered bible says it all:

Bible, Battered Bible, Post Fire Bible

Unfortunately, this is the second time there was a fire in my apartment complex. This time around I am saddened by not only the things that were lost that can't be replaced, photos, the family bible pictured above, trinkets from my travels but also these things that leave me angry:

- FDNY - The firefighters were so RUDE. They let us know that we were SUPPOSED to go up to the roof and stop people from throwing illegal fireworks, um, it was late at night and I was asleep and two, I am NOT a cop. There has been quite a bit of gang activity in this area and he thinks I am supposed to risk my life confronting criminals?

- My Neighbors - People we have lent a hand to when they were locked out their apartments, held their packages when they missed Fedex/UPS - and when the worst was over everyone closed their doors, not one person asked if we would like to stay with them or needed water or anything.

- My Fair Weather Friends - Remember when it was popular to ask 'Who is your 4 am?' - meaning if anything were to happen to you and you could not call your parents, siblings etc who would that person be that would be there for you in the middle of the night. I should have already known this from my health scare in 2011 - but this, really helped hit home that I do not have a 4 am.

- My Landlord - There should be better security measures in this building and if this isn't proof of that, then I do not know what is.

Readers: Have you ever experienced a fire? 

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  1. Oh my gosh, I am SO SORRY to hear this. How awful about the way you were treated, too! I can't believe the firefighters weren't more compassionate.

  2. Oh My! This is absolutely terrifying! I feel so terrible for you and your family! We have not experienced anything like this, and hope no one ever has to!

  3. I must be oblivious to the fact that the firefighters were so rude. I am so sorry you had a terrible time.

  4. Wow. That is crazy. I don’t think I’d be talking to any of my neighbours ever again. And what gives with the fire dept

  5. We have had a fire before. It was seriously the scariest time ever. Thankfully no one was hurt and it was caught really quickly, fires are the worst. I had no idea fire fighters were so rude. Any I've ever encountered have been wonderful. Sorry about your experience. - Jeanine

  6. I've never had a fire but have had friends that had a bad fire. Was tough to get the smell out of things, the few things they saved that is.

  7. Oh goodness, no. I have not experienced a fire and I pray I never will. That must have been super scary! Oh, and I can't believe those firemen! How rude!

  8. Toni | Boulder LocavoreJuly 17, 2018 at 3:28 AM

    We haven't experience a fire but I absolutely agree that having better security measure is really important.

  9. That is horrible. Thank God you are ok but yeah that was extremely dangerous

  10. Oh my gosh girl - that sucks big time! I would never expect you to go up and stop them so you were just dealing with a rude (and I'm sure stressed out) firefighter. I would definitely have offered a place to stay or water or food or something!

  11. That is one scary experience I pray I will never get to encounter in my lifetime. I feel so sorry for what you have gone through, and angry at the same time because of those people whom you thought would help but did not.