I finally got word of the cat, Joey, today. Apparently he’s fine. His human, Luke, managed to get into the building and open the door, and Joey came right out. In today’s Hope Standard, it says that firefighters rescued a cat, which sounds like a bit of PR to me. The general view is that Hope’s finest did a pretty poor job and that the building, not just the cat, could have been saved if they’d acted faster. Luke & Joey are now homeless, however, and the community is putting together what it can to help them get back on their feet.
Below is their apartment collapsing, along with the Dry Cleaner’s below.
Our apartment is the third from the right. Here’s what the side of our building looks like now.
Here’s what’s left of Luke and Joey’s building.
Also, two alleged arsonists have been apprehended – kids between the age of 10 and 16, who supposedly started a fire elsewhere that same night. The idea that it was deliberate squares with my hearing someone moving stuff around before the fire started.
However, apparently a local company was due to tear down the house next week, in preparation for building office blocks in spring, which makes the timing of all this a little fishy, to say the least. We found out about the office block plan a few months ago, when they cut down all the trees in the garden behind the abandoned house (it was the first indication that it might be time for us to move). And if those trees had still been there, the fire would have been a lot worse and the chances of our own building surviving that much less.
Could the corporation in question have decided to save itself some money by sending a couple of kids to do the job for them, with no way of knowing how out of control the fire would get? Speculation only, but stranger things have happened.