October 19, 2009 Fire PTM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 12:23 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 12:40 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:09 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 07:32 PM
As I recall, there was considerable worry on the day of the fire that it would spread, and the firefighting efforts were truly Herculean (given the size of the town and all) to make sure it didn't. There were winds that added to the worry. (Hell, I was worried about the bookstore. Fortunately, it came through OK.)
Our house is on the south side of Prospect Mountain -- over by Mary's Lake -- and we didn't have an inkling of this thing. I actually called the fire department that morning to see if the Chief could come by to lock up the KnoxBox (I think it's called -- it's a keyed box that contains a house key so that if the owner is gone the fire department can get in) I wanted to install. The Chief's admin ass't was, like, "Um, well, he's a little busy today and probably will be all day...", so I said that, yeah, firefighting obviously comes first and I'd call back another day. I had no idea that the reason he was busy was this thing.
Then a bit later, we tried to go downtown for something and found out what was happening. Up at the Safeway, the smoke was obnoxious and people were in tears (and not just because of the smoke). It took about 36 hours to get the thing completely down, if I recall correctly.
Richard obviously has a better perspective on this than I do -- my view is more of a snapshot than a history -- and it's clear that there are complex nuances to the whole thing. But at the time it was happening, it was traumatic for the town. HPH
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