A couple people from Service master came out today to assess the contents of the house. In a nutshell if it is metal, ceramic or glass then generally the item is savable.
Plastic or pressboard stuff, forget about it. Important papers they can treat with ozone to neutralize the odor, or at least some of it. What will happen is they will come out and pack up everything, while doing they sort things into boxes for cleanable and not. We can then go through the boxes and decide if something cleanable is not needed and for the not cleanable items we can request an item be cleaned for a best effort clean, for instance sentimental items.
Now under the category of can it get any worse, well yes it can. We have been doing a lot of shopping (amazing how quickly one can spend a lot when most of the things you use everyday are no longer available). So that means a fair bit of driving around to different stores. Well, as we were heading back to the room in the afternoon we get sideswiped on Black Lake Blvd. This guy sitting at a red light in the lane that goes straight looks up and realizes the turn lane has a green light and even though taking that route is longer he has to get in turn lane so that he can be moving unlike those other losers who are sitting the red light. Problem is we were already in that lane and he turns right into us, puts his left rear door into our front fender. Minor damage, no effect to driving but it stills takes more than an hour for the police to respond and write up the incident. Of course, the car will need to go back to the shop now, sigh.
That pretty well killed the day for us, we had been planning on looking at an apartment, that did not happen. Kathleen was pretty shook up and decided to wait until Monday to return to the classroom she has been subbing in on long term basis.
Hopefully the universe is done with us, we are ready for it to turn its attention somewhere else.
(I am writing this well after the fact but setting the publish date to when things happened.)
So I get a call today at 1:07 from my younger boy who went home early from school because he was not feeling well. He tells me that I need to come home now because the house is on fire, my response is essentially what?? He eventually gets this point across and I head out to see what is going on. About 20 minutes later I get home and true enough the house was on fire. The fire department was there finishing up their job and I just walked around sort of stunned. I did have the presence of mind to turn off the power, kind of surprised the firemen had not done that yet seeing as how it was an electrical fire. I walk around trying to take this in, the house is ungodly mess and the smell of the smoke and soot is horrible, toxic, lots of burning plastic items and coats everything even getting inside drawers in rooms that hod closed doors.
The worst part though is poor Lucky, our German Sheppard was caught in it, the smoke and heat did him in, we buried him out back, will miss that dog.
Not having any idea of what to do I called the insurance company (Allstate) and they hit the ground running, the owner came out to assess things, they called out a contractor and brought on board two companies that clean items and linens.
The contractor, Cedar Crest Homes, is part owned by a neighbor of ours we have known for a number of years. He showed up pretty quick to see what was going on once he got the message on his phone, normally he stays in the office due a medical condition, but he was there for hours, staying even after we left to see that everything get boarded up.
The Allstate agent arranged with another company that handles temporary housing for us to stay at an extended stay place so we had somewhere to lay down that night, not that sleep came quickly or stuck around for long.
And the final thing for this day, the tire on my car developed a sizable bulge in the sidewall. I am lucky it did not blow out when on the highway. My father-in-law changed the tire with the spare for me so that I could get to the room in town.
It is fixed now, took some messing around to get the software to output a true letterbox, essentially created DVD files with the aspect set to 4×3 and the had the black bars added top and bottom then ripped the video to a new file. Seems like there should be an easier way to do this. Oh well, head on over to youtube to watch it, not going to try embedding it at this time since it messed things up here before.