deep sadness

…goes out to our neighbor Penny Rhine in Claiborne, whose house burned to the ground this evening.

We weren’t there. I understand that no people were in the house, yet she may have lost her two dogs in the fire.

A tiny, rural village without water hydrants… but the Chesapeake Bay is right there across the marsh, a couple of city blocks away. They say that the volunteer firefighters had to break through ten inches of ice at the landing to get enough water to put out the blaze.

Such sadness. Deep sympathy.

Heavy heart.

~ by kbosin on February 9, 2014.

4 Responses to “deep sadness”

  1. they have just finished pulling the house down to get at any pockets of fire…. it is so hard to conceive that a few hours ago we were looking at a fire that seemed – hoping against hope – to be smallish… and now there isn’t even a house there…. had the wind been different, the houses on either side could have been lost as well… so hard to watch Penny watching…

    so humbling to watch so many men and women working to try to stop that fire… all volunteer… ready and willing to stay up all night to help their friends and neighbors… there are no words to express how grateful we are to them…

    Look around you… whatever you have.. whatever and whomever you love… appreciate it… it could be gone in the blink of an eye…

    one of the saddest nights ever… For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. — Carl Sagan


  2. I just saw Penny Rhine Wednesday evening, and I am so sad she lost her home during these last several hours. She has worked so hard on the place. All the memories in flames. I am sure the community will rally around here. Anything I can do to help, I will. God bless you Penny.

  3. I cannot describe the horror that filled us when we first looked out the window and saw the fire, just moments before the first fire truck arrived! What a terrible night! But thank God it was not windy! Poor Penny! We are praying for her as well.

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