after the fire

fire engine red

Last night in Verdun, a four-alarm fire started in the kitchen of a duplex and spread through the roof to neighbouring buildings. No one was injured, but about 15 people from four apartments on Melrose St. are homeless.Β© The Gazette (Montreal) 2006

We’re ok, we’re a little homeless at the moment so we’re staying at Shawn’s parents’ place for a while. None of us were hurt which is the important part. It wasn’t our kitchen, it was the one above us. Our place is trashed with water and holes and smoke.

So, I’ll be a little out of touch for a while. I’ll be checking emails when I get a chance, and when I get back to work (which is NOT today).

It’s the worst feeling walking down the street on your way home and having fire trucks just keep whizing by you and you KNOW they’re going to YOUR home. Sigh.

**UPDATE** We went back today, in daylight, to see what was what. Ugh. It’s not pretty. Luckily most of our stuff was under tarps that the firemen put up. They were pretty good at covering almost anything that was coverable. The only thing I seem to be missing is my digital camera (which sucks since I was going to take photos for insurance purposes…) but maybe that got tossed under something. I don’t know. Our floors, walls and celings are trashed and it looks as though we’ll be living with the inlaws for a while. I really hope it DOES and CAN be fixed soon because I want to go back home. It’s near impossible trying to find an apartment in Montreal when you have ONE dog, let alone two, and I am pretty darn sure we wouldn’t be approved for a mortgage on our salaries. So, who knows. Thanks for all the well wishes.. we are only able to use our cell phones now since our home phone is trashed and well, no electicity or anything. So, if you happen to be one of those people who does have our cell numbers, you can contact us. πŸ˜‰

Back to work tomorrow to continue counting down the days until I start my new job.


  • April

    Holy cow!!

    I’m glad you and Shawn are not hurt! I’m sending you lots of (((((HUGS)))))! Take all the time you need, we’ll all be here!

  • Mishka

    Oh my gosh, Cat, I am so sorry to hear of this. I hope you didn’t lose everything or if you did that some/all of it is covered by insurance. I know the sentimental stuff can’t be replaced but…sorry again.

  • Jolynn

    Oh my God, I am so glad you guys are alright!! That is so scary and I can’t even imagine how you might feel seeing your place destroyed. I’m so glad your alright.

  • meritt

    Hmmm… and you thought that little bathroom issue a couple months ago was a pain! πŸ˜›

    J/K… trying to put a little humor in the situation. Don’t you wish your shower/tub issue was the only one you had? Don’t worry – all will be well VERY soon.

  • chelsea

    I’m gonna try to put all the empty boxes we get away for you. That way if you do need to move or store your stuff, boxes will be available. If you need anything else, lemme know darlin.

  • Bekah


    Mir is over and says she just left you a message about 15 minutes OK. I’m glad you guys and the dogs are OK. Hope to talk to you soon. If you need *ANYTHING*, let us know.

  • Kyle

    Holy shit. Glad you 4 are all OK, stuff can be replaced, people (2 and 4 legged) can’t. I’ll be keeping a good thought for you

  • envoy-ette

    Oh-My-God Cat!!! So glad you and Shawn got out with the dogs! Bless your heart! I hope there will be a blessing somewhere down the road…although right now…IT SUCKS!
    Best of luck!

  • sarcastrix

    Wow. I’ve been out of the loop for a few days. I had no idea.

    I’m so relieved that you guys and the puppies are all right. Sorry about your stuff.