Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Foto and an Explosive Tale

Believe it or not, this post started as a Wordless Wednesday with a few words. I can't do wordless even when I try so let's skip that idea for the week. I'm doing a bit of foto frenzying since I have a backlog and they're an easy post to do in between the giveaway• and sponsored posts I've been doing lately. If you want wordless, you can glance at the foto and skip the riveting commentary.

I'm so glad Flynn close #1066 cos not all my readers know the story of the rooming house across from us. That would be the big yellow house in this foto from June 2010. Not long after my peeps moved into the condo, there was an incident. Let me set the scene as I heard it.

Foto and an Explosive Tale

Pop had just gotten up and was getting ready for work. TW was still working at the time—I know that's hard to believe—but was in bed with Nicky (the cat who came before me). All at once, there was a terrible explosion that shook our building, followed by some sickening, anguished wails. Nicky jumped; TW jumped and ran to the window to look out much the way I am in the foto. When she glanced toward the rooming house, all she could see was a wall of flames! She screamed for Pop to call FD but he was already on the phone. FD had the fire quickly extinguished although it took a lot longer for the peeps to get the sound of those screams out of their heads. TW says she can hear them as she types this.

A man, who was a welder or something, had propane tanks in the back seat of his car which may have been leaking or uncapped. When he got in the car and stupidly lit a cigarette, the tanks blew up and totally incinerated him. He was a tenant in the rooming house. While the rooming house never caught fire, the house next door, which you can't see in the foto did and there was some damage to the exterior. For a little car, those flames lept higher than the buildings. Since it was not long after 9/11, nerves were already frayed and the bomb squad was on the scene to determine the source of the explosion.

Oh, and that roof with the bell-shaped thing is the second part of the factory that they're tearing down and rebuilding. This is the one that will take away my Burd-tv and the peeps' view of the fireworks.

I was planning on showing another foto, but think I've went on quite long enough with stuff that doesn't pertain to this cat.

*At some point today, I'll have the winners of the Spring Fling Pet Blogger Giveaway on my Facebook page.

25 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

That is very scary CK. Smoking kills

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Wow! What a frightening incident. You should be glad you weren't there, CK!

The Menagerie Mom said...

Yikes. I can only imagine how terrifying that must have been for your peeps and Nicky, CK. May the man in the car rest in peace.

www.shelter-cats.com said...

That was a horrible accident.
We're very sorry you'll be losing your view, too.
xxoo
Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

Colehaus Cats said...

How terrible and scary. We're sorry for that man and glad his car wasn't any closer to your building. We do like reading where our friends live and seeing what they see out their windows.

The Swiss Cats said...

OMC ! That's so scary ! What an awful accident ! Purrs

Anonymous said...

Oh CK, dat must have been so scary fur your peeps and Nik. We're so fankful they weren't hurt. Great foto tho'. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Marie Symeou said...

That's really scary! Glad you weren't hurt.

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK....how veree sad for de man; de food servizz gurlz dad werkz FD; ore we shuld say werked.... himz 80 and one now....we noe how scaree this waz for TW pops & nicky ♥♥♥♥

Mariodacat said...

Whoa - that was too close for comfort. Good thing you were tucked safely in your condo.

Brian said...

Dang, that sounds as scary as the evil roofers CK!

Jean Neilson said...

Well lay him down and kick his face...what a jerk! Thank goodness he doesn't live around here...we have our share of dum dum's here living on this street. Mom and dad are back from their travels and actually are feeling a wee bit better after giving others the bug they had. So see ya more often.

Shoko

Anonymous said...

Yikes......what an idiot for lighting up that cigarette. How terrible AND scary for you all - were other people hurt in that fire?

Hugs, Angel Sam and Teddy

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Wow, that sounds horrifying! I can imagine those would be screams you'd never forget :(

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Oh my stars! That is scary! We're glad Pop and TW were ok.

Robin Mudge said...

OMC! That would be terrifying! It would probably smell really bad too. My husband used to be a mortician's assistant and the burn victims he had to transport were the worst! I'm glad that the fire department was able to move in and stop the flames quickly. That could have hurt a lot more people than it did. I'm happy that you were safe.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That must have been scary. That poor man.

Tamago said...

That sounds terrifying. Explosion so close. Glad Nicky and your pawrents were OK.

meowmeowmans said...

That's a really scary memory, CK. We are glad you were all okay, but that poor man.

The Indulged Furries said...

I never knew about the exploding building. That must have been horrifying.

Rosa Silva said...

That must have been a really scary situation. I'm glad you were all safe and my sorry for that poor man.

Flynn said...

I am glad I chose 1066 because that was very interesting about the rooming house, but very scary too.

M Dawson said...

Sounds totally scary CK. It would have shaken us to the bottom of our very paws!

Linda Rodgers said...

CK that was one scary time for you and your peeps. And now the result is that you have to lose your burd TV. Bummer for you and humans all around.

Three Chatty Cats said...

Oh my goodness, how scary!