I was JUST about to finally share my race review of the San Francisco Marathon, but something unexpected happened this week that I just can’t fail to discuss.
I live in a small residence in San Francisco that consists of three buildings-one large house with two small buildings behind. My boyfriend, Rich, and I live with our dog, Emmi, in an in-law studio in one of the smaller buildings. On Monday night, the top floor of our neighbor’s house caught fire, and the flames eventually jumped to the second story of the large house. I was at work when the fire broke, but Rich and Emmi were at home. Rich called me to tell me the news as soon as they left our house. Thankfully, everyone was able to get out of both residences safely.
There is a fire station only a block away from our home, and firefighters were able to arrive on scene and take control of the fire quickly. I arrived home from work as they were extinguishing the last of the flames. The 2-alarm fire was out in just about an hour and a half. Our street was blocked off for hours, and we all waited at a local bar for news. Little by little residents were escorted back in to their homes, but since our place was directly involved in the fire, we would not be able to remain at home. The American Red Cross was on-site and provided temporary housing to all of us displaced by the fire.
To our relief, the fire never reached our little studio, and we were allowed to return home after just one night. Sadly, the neighboring house, which serves as a senior care facility, is destroyed on the inside from fire and water. We do not have an official verdict on the future of the large house, but things look positive. I have never experienced anything like this in my life, and I still have a little anxiety left over from the events of that night, which is probably why I decided to write and publish this-it is therapeutic. I am so grateful to the San Francisco Fire Department and the American Red Cross for helping all of us that night, and for dedicating their lives and careers to aiding those in need. True heroes.
I promise to be back soon with my race review!