Thursday, March 22, 2007

When and where's the fire?

Reading about this fire in the Pine Hill area of Eureka kind of threw me. The Times- Standard said the fire was reported just after 7am today (Thursday). Hmm.... seems to me the paper was on my front lawn before then.

The Eureka Reporter must have it right. They say it was on Wednesday.

I can't be too hard on the Times- Standard. When I read the fire was on Thursday, I started wondering if today was Friday. I'm a bit disoriented to exactly what day it is myself.

Now I'm trying to figure out what house was burned. I do three places right near there- the 400 block of Madison Avenue. The picture doesn't ring a bell. I'm thinking, since one picture shows a solid wood fence on at least one side of the house, maybe that's the house on the corner of Union and Madison?

I don't know if those folks have chickens as alluded to in one of the photo captions, but they do have goats. Shame if it was their house. I'll find out either today or tomorrow when I go up there to work.


At 9:29 AM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Fred,it was the house right on the corner of Madison and Union.They used to always have various political oriented signs on the side of their yard facing Union.I live just off of Higgins and you could certainly see the smoke from there.It seems to me that this was happening before 7am though,I could be mistaken though,but it seemed a bit earlier than that.Really too bad,they seem to be nice people.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Fred said...

They were nice people. I did some work for them. Never knew their names as they always paid cash.

Never saw the house, either, as my work was always outside the fence.

They're big time Democrats, thus the political signs each election. The guy is a union rep for some carpenter's(?) union. That's what had me worried when the news said the husband was out of town. He's on the road quite a bit.

A real shame.

I work for their next door neighbor and the gal across the street from them. Them and a vacant house on the corner of Crane and Madison, just a few houses down.

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred quit lying. Everyone knows you work for your mother in law and she's your only customer!

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Interesting that the fire chief explains that part of the problem was water accessibility.I always thought that there was a hydrant near the Baptist Church,I'll have to look,but not being able to find a water source closer than 4 blocks away seems odd.I guy who I was talking to earlier said that is one reason he supports annexation is the lack of water accessibility in this area.I don't know about that,and I don't know that this same problem doesn't exist within Eureka city limits.If I remember correctly,during the structure fire on the boardwalk,that crew was having water issues as well.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Interesting indeed.

There is a fire hydrant right across the street from the home in question: On the southwest corner of the of Madison and Union. That's probably 70, or 80 feet from the house that burned down.

Take a look. I've weedwacked around that thing for years.

The bigger question, which was alluded to in the new coverage, is why it took so long for the fire to be called in. I believe when the fire department got there, the fire was pretty much going full speed.

Hey; Shit happens, but I can't believe this was a result of no fire hydrant, unless the hydrant wasn't working for some reason.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an interesting point here...I don't think I have ever seen the fire department testing hydrants.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't know about actually testing them, but every now and then the Eureka Fire Dept. goes around and opens the hydrants around Eureka if only to clean the muck out of the water.

I only say that cause there's a hydrant across the street from my house and they flood the gutters when they do it.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Gee, who'da thunk it?

I was just over at the house that burned up. Was speaking to the next door neighbors. The lady said they did, indeed, run out of water. That was even after using the nearby fire hydrant. She said they had to go all the way to Little Fairfield for more water.

Doesn't make sense to me as I was under the impression the fire hydrants are hooked up to the main water lines. How could the water mains run out of water?

She didn't know either. She just said they ran out of water.


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