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End of an Era

When I visited my family this past weekend, I saw in person the results of a fire that had hit a neighbor. A dry cleaning business that was next to my father's burned down, along with two adjoining buildings.



It's believed the fire started in an upper, unoccupied floor. The destruction was complete, and fortunately, my dad's parking lot saved his house from also falling victim. Sadly, this spells the end for a family business that had been around for generations.

Burnt Out Block
This shot shows the dry cleaner's along with my father's place (the brick building).



Same Day Service
The sign, broken from the extreme heat, still promises same-day service.



Burnt Flowers
Burnt blooms from the time of the fire coexist with fresh yellow blossoms.



Fire Remnants - Side View
A view from the side where my father's place is shows how completely the structure was burned.



New Kind of Vine
Fallen siding tangles with the vines on the side of the building, creating a new type of vine.



Burnt Roof
A metal pole, perhaps a smoke stack, sticks out amongst the collapsed roof.



Moral:
A family legacy can be gone in a moment.



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popfiend
Aug. 20th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
:(
millysdaughter
Aug. 20th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Such a waste!
creature_girl08
Aug. 20th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
How very sad.
i_smell_apples
Aug. 21st, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
The photo of the flowers is really striking.

When I was 17, the shop next to the one I worked at burnt down - ours was incredibly lucky to have been saved! It was really eerie going by the next day and seeing this huge black hole where the cafe had been :(
alycewilson
Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's going to be empty there. They're in the flood plain and unlikely to be allowed to rebuild. It may become a park eventually, but for now it's just sad.
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