Local Blogger Loses Home In Fire

Posted: 02/07/2010 by that's Elbert in blogging, Delmar, fire

Delmar Dustpan‘s Howard lost his home to a fire sometime between Friday night February 5th and early Saturday February 6th, right around the beginning of the worst snow storm the area has seen. The Salisbury Grinch has photos on his site from Wayne Barrall. The good news is that he and his wife escaped the fire. Many fellow bloggers have responded on Grinch’s site. All of us wish him well.

Please send up a prayer for him and Ramona. If any additional information comes along that can be shared, I will be sure to post it.

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Howard. He and his wife are OK. The whole ordeal started at 4am Saturday morning. Tomorrow he should hear from his insurance company. I will be praying for things to go smoothly with his insurer.

I passed along the well-wishes from the many readers he has. He sounded pleasantly surprised and very grateful by the outpouring of support.

Several have asked if they can help Howard. He answered that $500,000 in small bills would be a big help. Sounds like him, doesn’t it? Obviously he won’t be blogging for a while. He may post something about the fire, but for the most part it will be quiet.

UPDATE 2: Frank Calio tells the whole story on his blog.

  1. Shirley says:

    I don’t know … seems to me that between the fire dept and the power company that this could have been prevented.

  2. Susan says:

    Weather may have been a big factor in the seriousness of his fire. At the time the sirens sounded, transformers were sparking and blowing throughout town. From my window, it looked like fireworks going off over Delmar. And the wind had to be blowing at least 25+ mph sustained. It was not the best of circumstances for anyone. I do agree that the electric company bears some responsibility for the line connection to the house.

  3. Howard says:

    Thanks for the prayers Elbert, maybe in a couple of weeks I will be back blogging. Things are going along OK, at least we are not living under a bridge in a cardboard box. The insurance company is handling our needs at present.

  4. Howard says:

    As a second note Elbert; I am still waiting for someone to come thru with the $500,000 in small unmarked bills, I keep hoping.