I was sad to learn yesterday that businesses and student apartments were destroyed on North Main Street in Alfred…the small town in Alleghany County, NY were I went to college. NO ONE WAS HURT although 13 students lost everything…not to mention the long standing businesses that were destroyed.
This is especially difficult for me because it brings up some hard memories of my own. Although nearing 20 years now since I graduated from Alfred University in 1993, I experienced a bad fire there as well on November 5, 1992.
After a night of staying up REALLY late (and no, it was not a night of studying), I was sleeping it off in my off-campus apartment around noon when I woke to a phone ringing and quickly realized my loft was full of smoke, and a wall was on fire. There was no time for me to get dressed. Instead I made sure all the other tenants knew, then ran down the snowy street in bare feet and boxer shorts to the police HQ. By the time I got there and turned back to look (less than one block away), I could see flames coming out of my roommate’s window. No one was hurt in that fire either, but that will be an experience that will forever stick with me, and in fact I still get a little jumpy around flames.
My heart goes out to the people affected by the fire yesterday, but it’s important to be thankful that no one was hurt. As such, it will be much easier to move on…
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