7.18.2012

I started a fire.

I have a good excuse for not blogging yesterday.
no but really, I do.

MY apartment caught on fire.
yup, you heard me.

So heres the story:
I had the day off and had just gotten out of the shower and was watching tv.
I started to smell this burning/smokey smell in my apartment,
So I got up and looked around in my kitchen...nothing.
Went to my bathroom...nothing.
went to my room....nothing.
super weird, right?
The smell kept getting stronger so I looked over everything again,
 and the only thing on in my apartment was my dryer but I literally went up and smelled my dryer
and everything seemed okay.
So I text Kyle,
 "Somethings burning in or around my apartment, it smells like intense smoke/burning!"
I decided to throw on some clothes and go outside to make sure it wasn't coming from either
of my neighbors apartments and I still saw no sign of a fire.
I went back inside and my kitchen was a little smokey and the smell was still there,
I looked at my whole apartment again-no sign of a fire.
So I sit back down and continue pinteresting of course.
I got this awful feeling when the smell was just too close for comfort.
I got up and walked into my bathroom to see FLAMES all behind my dryer.
*panic mode*
these are the thoughts I had going through my mind for the .3 seconds after I saw the fire. 
"do I throw water on it? how do I use a fire extinguisher? am I going to die? all of my belongings are going to be gone forever. Don't throw water on it!"
So right after I see the fire I run outside where there was supposed to be a fire extinguisher,
but of course there wasn't one in the case.
So I run down stairs and see our maintenance lady and yell,
me: "wheres a fire extinguisher?!?!?!??!"
she responds frantically: "what's on fire?! what apartment?!"
me: "My dryer, 3203!!!"
Maintenance: "you go look in that hall for a fire extinguisher and ill go this way!"
*pause*
Okay I know this sounds like a long conversation, but it literally probably lasted 2 seconds tops.
*continued*
we both sprint in opposite directions,
 my heart is pounding out of my chest, i'm basically hyperventilating/on the verge of hysterically crying
I find a fire extinguisher and break the glass open and all of the fire alarms start going off,
I start to run incredibly awkwardly not sure how to hold the dang thing and see the
maintenance lady running with one also,
we get up to my apartment and she slams open the door, runs to my bathroom and starts spraying.
I don't remember what I was doing at this point, probably just in complete shock.
She sprays for about 3 seconds then yells,
"LEAVE! GET OUT NOW!"
So i run out, then run back in and grab my laptop that was sitting on my couch.
Literally didn't even think about it, my body just did it?
The maintenance lady bangs on everyones door and forces everyone to evacuate
and also calls 911.
I am in complete uncontrollable panic mode.
Everyone in the complex is outside and I am crying hysterically, holding my laptop,
hyperventilating, heart pounding a million times a minute, so the first thing I do is call my daddy.
I was crying and telling him everything that happened when all of the fire trucks started to arrive.
I got off the phone with my dad so I could call Kyle and he left work and came straight over.
I'm glad he left work so he could calm me down.
All I could think about was all of my belongings frying to a crisp, pictures, clothes, memories, everything was going to be gone.
After a while the firemen started shoveling pounds and pounds of water over my balcony.
I was in shock. There was SO much water y'all.
And they kept shoveling and shoveling, while water poured over my balcony.
Finally they said I could go up and look at my apartment.
Everything was soaking wet, but thankfully nothing was burnt except for my dryer/washer.
My apartment was full of water, everything was thrown around,
My massive dresser that was next to my dryer was soaking wet & had fire extinguisher powder 
all over it was thrown on top of my bed as well as a bunch of other random things,
My big couch and pillows and comforter were all thrown in the nasty hallway of my apartment.
all of my shoes were soaking wet and destroyed, my brand new camera was ruined, so many things...
I was absolutely devastated.
Until I finally came to the realization of how lucky I was.
If I wasn't home, every single thing I own would have been burnt to a crisp.
The fire could've been so much worse if I hadn't reacted so quickly,
I am so lucky that it was mostly water damage and barely any fire damage,
and that NO ONE was hurt, Thank God.

So that's why I've been absent lately,
been so busy and stressed out talking to insurance people 
and trying to get my living situation set up.
So if I don't post much this week that's why my friends.
Keep me in your prayers because I tend to stress a lot :/
But I am incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends and family
 that help keep me smiling every day and offer to help me with anything & everything.
Love y'all!
Normal Monica will be back soon, I promise!!
:]

30 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Monica! So scary! I'm so glad to hear you are okay though *lots of hugs*

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  2. Oh my gosh, so glad you're okay!
    I would do the same thing in your situation.
    You're in my prayers.
    xo

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  3. Oh girl. Heard about this from your sister! Praying for you and hoping everything works itself out quickly. If you need anything at all, just holler. We're all here for you!

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  4. OMG! So so glad that you were hurt and that at least some things are salvagable. What a scary, heartbreaking experience for you! Many prayers to you girly!

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  5. Oh my goodness. So glad to hear you are okay! I can't even imagine what you went through. Thinking of you and here for you!

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  6. Oh my gosh so glad you're ok!! That is one of my biggest fears living in an apartment building. And I left my dryer running this morning (it had about 20 minutes left) but now I'm FREAKING out! My grandpa is a retired fire fighter and my cousin is a fire fighter so I've heard horror stories about fires. So glad you were home and it was contained!

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  7. SO glad you're okay! Praying for you!

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  8. So glad you were home and everything is ok! I am terrified of fire!

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  9. I would have flipped my shit! So glad you and most of your belongings are ok. I flip out when I'm near a match so I can't even imagine what I would do in a situation like that. You were like superwoman, you go girl!

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  10. OH my godness, so glad that you are okay!!! How scarey! Well done though, I think you handled it great. Prayers for a speedy recovery of back to normalness!

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  11. Wow that's really scary!! Glad you are okay. Was your dryer on? I honestly leave my dryer running all the time when Im not home. This morning as I was leaving for work I noticed the outside dryer lint collector thing was pretty full. I took the thing off and cleaned it out. All the way to work I kept thinking I wonder if having a full lint trap could cause a fire.

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  12. So sorry you had to go through this! I hope everything works out quickly and so glad no one was hurt! Hang in there, girl!

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  13. WOW- I'm so so so sorry this happened to you!!! I'm so glad you are okay though and that nobody got hurt. Hang in there!

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  14. So glad you are okay! Fires can be so scary!! Our friends just lost their home to an electrical fire, it can just happen so fast, lucky you were home to stop it before it got out of control! Sending good thoughts your way!

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  15. Oh my goodness! So glad you and everything is okay! How scary!!

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  16. My gosh, that is so scary!! Thank GOD you were home! Was the dryer running when it caught fire? Ugh, I'm so sorry this happened to you! Good thing you caught it in time. We keep a mini fire extinguisher in the house, and I think we actually had to use it once, but i forget why. I was really grateful that my husband thought to get one. You just never know! Sidenote: those things expire - I had no idea!

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  17. oh goodness- good for you to react- i probably would've just thought it was nothing!

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  18. Holy goodness I'm glad you're okay! Guess that proves that you should never use your dryer unless you're home. Someone special was looking out for you yesterday :)

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  19. Glad you're okay! So scary! Lot's of hugs and prayers

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  20. 1) I am SO SORRY this happened to you. You are so strong and brave and handled everything so well. 2) You are a great story teller. I was "there" in the moment through your entire post! Great writing.

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  21. Oh my goodness! Glad you're okay and praying for you!

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  22. I am so glad you are okay, and that things weren't worse!

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  23. I am sorry to hear of your apartment and the fire. I am glad you are ok and no one got hurt. I know you don't know me but I love your blog. I love reading about your fashion styles, etc.I have learned of so many stores from you. Anyways, keep positive and hold your head high after all materials are replaceable not people!

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  24. First I am so glad you are okay and that all your belongings weren't destroyed! Second as soon as I read that it was your dryer, I thought a.) there was lint beyond the lint trap and that it hadn't been cleaned in forever ( not your fault! you just moved in there) and b.) do you or the previous occupant use dryer sheets? I saw it on Oprah or something that the wax in them can clog the dryer vent an cause a fire. Going forward these are things you can check for so that you don't live in fear of your dryer going up in flames again ( like I would). But again you are so lucky you were home! Hope you can get your life back to normal quickly!

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  25. Oh my gosh, I am so glad you are okay! I would much rather deal with water damage than fire damage, but that still really sucks. That is so scary!

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  26. Omg that is SO scary!! I'm so glad you're ok though!

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  27. This sounds so scary, glad you are ok and hope you sort everything out xx
    loveontopxo.blogspot.com

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  28. Oh girl, I've been a little absent lately, and just read this post. I'm so sorry...I know from reading a few newer posts that things are working out, but this must have been so scary.

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  29. So glad that you are okay! That is a scary scary situation! It was definitely a blessing that you were home when it happened. My husband thinks I am crazy for never running the dryer when I am not home - this is why!! Look forward to seeing pics of your new place - and ps I am waaay jealous of your new camera!

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