Monday, November 21, 2011

Part Three (of the fire story)

Why was there a truck on fire in our parking garage? Here the story as the cops have figured so far:

*I'd like to mention that as Kimball and I were discussing the possibilities and trying to figure out the mystery of the burning truck, I proposed what ended up being basically the exact truth. I think I need to try my hand at crime solving. 

The truck, as it turns out, was a stolen truck. Some hooligans had stolen it to aid them in a heist. They robbed some place (a business it sounds like, not sure which one). They went and stored their goods who knows where, and (I assume) they were driving north by our place. They passed the first underground parking driveway next to ours, and then they saw ours and and saw their hiding spot. They pulled in, noticed an empty spot (which happened to be ours... still feeling guilty about this), saw a can of flammable stuff on the window ledge (this part is conjecture... there had been this canister of something dangerous and flammable on the ledge for the last couple weeks. I had noticed it, but thought nothing of it), and in an attempt to hide the evidence (or draw even more attention to themselves, or ruin an entire apartment building?) they decided to torch it.

So that's what happened. Pretty crazy, and pretty exciting. I spent today cleaning our bathroom, and it's really not as bad as I thought. It's tedious, but I don't mind it at all. Our landlords (a father and son, and really great guys) came today and said they'll help us out however they can. They took pictures and will talk with a restoration company today to see what they can and need to do for us. They'll probably do our carpets, walls, ducts, and vents. I just hope I can get the smell out. Any ideas or suggestions for really great air fresheners? I don't want anything scented, sit something to suck the chemical smokey smell out. Such a crazy, random experience.

At least it's a good story, right?

This is the car that was parked next to the truck. Their car was the only
one that was damaged. All the others were just covered in soot. Our car
(thank goodness) is clean as ever, but our apartment had the worst
apartment damage.


  1. good story indeed.
    i still can't believe it all happened. was your apt just right above the truck? why does it have the worst damage? bummer. i guess the people on the tops floors wouldn't have much...
    i'm glad the landlords are nice and will help.

  2. Well at least the car in the picture wasn't damaged very much.

  3. I can't believe it was your empty parking stall! That adds so many wonderful levels to this story. I actually laughed...but in all seriousness I am so sorry!

  4. Wow. What a story!

  5. oh man! What an experience. I really hope you manage to get everything cleaned and not smelly.