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“I saw your building on the news this morning…”

April wouldn’t have seemed complete without our now almost-monthly apartment fire. It was with great relief today at 5:45 a.m. I awoke to the gentle swooping of the rotor blades of the CBS 2 news ‘copter hovering outside my window, nigh 250 feet from the head of my bed.

We’re used to this stuff at Marina City by now. It was in the other tower. I didn’t bother to get out of bed. Turned out to be a bare candle left burning on top of a TV while the occupants slept. Lived but lost everything. I think that speaks for itself.

Here at the towers, fires and floods are like nuns — they always travel in pairs. So I expect more drama before the month is out. Still, the nine words I’ll hear all day, quickly becoming the de facto Marina City motto, “I saw your building on the news this morning…” (on CBS 2 with video of the fire, on ABC 7, and in the Trib).

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5 replies

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  2. If it wasn’t for the helicopters I wouldn’t have had a clue. The fire alarm system sounds like a monotone bathroom fan.

  3. Great post. I got the same thing at the office this morning. Two colleagues told me, in effect, “there was a fire at your building this morning.” I didn’t even know.

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