Here are the details of what happened, and we are so lucky none of them were harmed!
"Early afternoon Monday the kids, Rita the dog and I came home from playing in the park and at the library to multiple firetrucks and dozens of people taking photos of our burning apartment unit. We still don't understand how this happened and it doesn't really matter anymore although I will probably spend the rest of my life trying to figure it out. We quickly learned that the incredible firefighters had not only saved Egon, who was in an ambulance receiving oxygen from the equally incredible paramedics, but had also saved the guinea pigs my children were crying and asking for. Victim services came and led us to the Red Cross who gave us vouchers for clothes as it was beautiful out and we hadn't even brought coats, they also gave us three nights in a hotel that my kids now want to live in. These people showed us such compassion and kindness in a moment of extreme shock and pain. They turned a highly traumatic event into one where the children are now talking about how they can't wait to tell everyone about their adventure. It is hard, the memories, the photos, baby clothes, the costumes Alfie and I made together and Molly's beautiful art but it comes in waves of devastation to deeply indebted gratitude and not everyone is that lucky. Thanks everyone for your love and support."
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- Kingston Sue
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