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.
This shot shows the dry cleaner's along with my father's place (the brick building).
The sign, broken from the extreme heat, still promises same-day service.
Burnt blooms from the time of the fire coexist with fresh yellow blossoms.
A view from the side where my father's place is shows how completely the structure was burned.
Fallen siding tangles with the vines on the side of the building, creating a new type of vine.
A metal pole, perhaps a smoke stack, sticks out amongst the collapsed roof.
A family legacy can be gone in a moment.