We had some excitement yesterday. A building in the apartment complex that I live in burned to the ground. But you'll be glad to know that in the apartment where the fire started, they did get the big flat screen TV out. This building was on the far side of the complex, so I was not in danger.
The grounds staff told me that if the people had only called 911 instead of trying to stop it themselves, the fire could have been contained to the apartment. The tenants in the other apartments in the building were not as lucky, since they didn't have as much warning. One lady leaped out of a window trying to escape the blaze and broke her shoulder.
These apartments are fire traps because in the crawl space on top, there are no baffles between the apartments, so the fire just has a party. It's sheltered, the air warms quickly and there's ventilation. If the plastic siding catches, that goes up quickly too.
No buildings in this complex of 42 bulidings have burned down in the other 6 years I lived here. So, it's disturbing that this is the third fire this year. On the 4th of July a kid launched a bottle rocket that went into an apartment window and burnt the entire building of 8 units down. A month or so ago, one ladie's kitchen caught on fire, but that was contained. And now this, a 4 year old playing with matches. The building was about twice the size of the other one that burnt and 16 units got destroyed.
Yes, I have renter's insurance. But I think I'm gonna double-check it and get more documentation of my goodies and keep it in my storage bin. No doubt I'll feel the burn in my wallet next year when they raise the rent to pay for what their insurance doesn't cover and the bump in their premiums.
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