It was 7:15 that overcast Thursday morning as I was dressing for work. Oftentimes, there is noise out on the street in our condominium campus, but this time, the noise was different. The sounds were like full aluminum soda cans being tossed into the back of a pick-up truck full of ice. But when it got more intense and sounded like wooden planks being slammed to the ground, I had to look out my bedroom window to see what was all the commotion. What I saw was a huge fire ball coming from my next door neighbor’s garage. I grabbed my phone to call 911 but my fingers were fumbling and it just wouldn’t go through. I then heard a male voice yell “FIRE!” and a female voice screaming “Get out of the house! Get out of the house!”
I sped outside to help and observed people assisting the neighbors and their pets to evacuate. We live in town homes, and my unit is on the end of a 4 - grouping and the home on fire was on the end of the next 4 grouping. My unit has an attached garage and two stories whereas the neighbor's home was single story with detached garage. We're not connected, but separated by a mere 30 feet.
Before the fire was extinguished, my neighbors who are Christians, arrived on scene and were comforted by the numerous neighbors in our community. They are loved and respected on our block and would help anyone. They often attended to my two cats when I went away for short trips.