The first word was that the fire had started in Landon's truck and then caught the north side of the garage on fire, but further investigation suggested the fire started in the attic and quickly caught the roof completely on fire. Someone down the street had been doing huge, commercial grade fireworks earlier in the evening, so close that we could see them clearly through our small living room windows. It is a definite possibility that a firework could have started the fire, and I think that's given everyone a lot to think about for next year's celebrations. The fire marshall said the roof and attic are so damaged that it might be impossible to ever figure out exactly what happened, but a firework could have landed on the roof, rolled down into the gutters and smoldered there, catching any debris on fire. Landon's Tahoe is completely burned out and the neighbors said there was an explosion from it early in the blaze. I don't think any of these photos really capture the extent of the damage the way walking around the house this morning did...something I've never seen, so close to home.
Lance was somehow able to get his yellow Corvette, his BMW and his daughter's Isuzu out of harm's way, but his beautiful Harley wasn't as lucky. The satellite dish strangely survived, though.
This was such a pretty house, with two nice decks overlooking a great backyard and the woods. It looks like some of the furniture and even cabinetry remain in tact, but from the basement doors at the back of the house you can hear a continual cascade of water pouring from the upstairs floors, so they have extensive water damage to contend with as well. The firefighters sprayed the house for a good 3 hours or more, and several times thought they had it all put out and then had to start again on new spots. I looked outside again at dawn and there were still men working. Chunks of charred wood and ash are strung all down the curb even in front of our house today.
You can see from this end, closest to our house, what a beautiful home this was. It's questionable if anything can be salvaged, or if what's left will be torn down so Lance can rebuild or sell the lot. He did go in this morning to locate his wallet (charred) and phone (melted) and came out with his Rolex, which was still functioning and fine once he wiped off all the soot. I feel for this family as they deal with the destruction and work to rebuild their life wherever they end up. We'll be taking care of their sweet black kitty Stranza, already a regular visitor to our house, in the interim. I know they're just thankful no one was hurt. I am, too. What a night.