Burn, Baby, Burn!
How exciting. The house across the street- the old boarding house next to the Matteolis- is on fire. Fire engines all over the place. Fire seems to have started in the roof.
Connie came in just before 10:30pm and woke me up saying the house across the street was on fire. Sure enough. Large flames coming out of the roof.
All kinds of people from the neighborhood out watching the festivities. Marc Matteoli was out on the sidewalk next to the place and seemed to be enjoying himself. He was chatting with cops and firemen he seemed to know.
After a while he came over to our side of the street and asked if we were the ones that called it in. We weren't. I was a asleep and Connie didn't know anything about it until the fire engines pulled up.
I told Marc I was disappointed they had it under control so soon as the best thing that could probably happen for the neighborhood was for the house to burn down. It was used as a boarding house before being left abandoned and was a constant source of problems.
Marc replies, "No, no, no. It's a beautiful old house. It just needs a new owner". I replied that who else is going to buy a house like that unless they're going to turn it into another boarding house. The place has 11 bedrooms. It's highly unlikely you'll find a family large enough to move into it.
He went back across the street after that. We watched for a while longer but within a half hour the flames were out. Still smoke billowing out of the roof and windows, though.
I was surprised at how many people, including firefighters, were standing around taking pictures.
Big hole left in the roof by the time I went back to bed. I could still see the flashing red lights outside at 1:30. Don't know how long the fire trucks stuck around.