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Old 07/24/10, 09:51 AM
 
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Neighbor's House Burned Down

Last night my SIL called me to tell me there was a house on fire on our block....my neighbors have been deceased several years, the house has been lived in twice since then, and put back on the market about two months ago. This was such a beautiful old home, two stories tall, hardwood floors, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, huge trees, big lot...the fire was intense. I had called the police two weeks ago because the back door had been kicked in and kids playing in it. They just had a terrible time getting the fire out last night. The vinyl siding went up like a torch...really scary. The back of the house went up and we ran to tell the firemen it was going up....too late...they had water problems from the main....they had it pretty well taken care of and I went home and got back up at 1:30 AM and they were fighting it again...It is so sad to see this morning...charred walls, burned trees, lawn....we were so afraid it would ignite others around it last night. Such a sad end to a beautiful old house....

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Old 07/24/10, 09:59 AM
 
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That's sad. What I hate about situations like that, is that owners a lot of times don't know when to let go. We looked for YEARS for an old farmhouse to restore. We found plenty being occupied by older folks, none of whom would sell to us because they were going to "leave the homestead to their children/grandchildren/godchildren/etc." We found others that were unoccupied, but because they were clogged up in probate, no one could sell them to us. When the owners died or had to move to the nursing home, the houses just sat empty and quickly went into disrepair. Then they're sold at auction after several years and someone just bulldozes them because there's nothing worth salvaging. Or like in the situation you mentioned, they burn down or are vandalized.

I'd much rather sell a place to someone who's going to keep it going than leave it to "family" who really don't want it.

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Old 07/24/10, 10:01 AM
 
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How sad.

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Old 07/24/10, 10:58 AM
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That's sad. What I hate about situations like that, is that owners a lot of times don't know when to let go. We looked for YEARS for an old farmhouse to restore. We found plenty being occupied by older folks, none of whom would sell to us because they were going to "leave the homestead to their children/grandchildren/godchildren/etc." We found others that were unoccupied, but because they were clogged up in probate, no one could sell them to us. When the owners died or had to move to the nursing home, the houses just sat empty and quickly went into disrepair. Then they're sold at auction after several years and someone just bulldozes them because there's nothing worth salvaging. Or like in the situation you mentioned, they burn down or are vandalized.

I'd much rather sell a place to someone who's going to keep it going than leave it to "family" who really don't want it.
I know exactly what you mean!

There's this BEAUTIFUL old place a few miles from us...HUGE house, 2-story, wrap-around porch, classic old red barn (it even has a hex sign painted over the door), beautiful long driveway lined in oaks, white fence...you get the picture.

It has sat empty for at LEAST 10 years (was empty when we bought our place) because the children are all fighting over it. One of them wants to keep it in the family and rent/lease, another wants to sell and sub-divide, another wants it all for himself...all the while, this beautiful old place is dying.

What a mess!
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I'm familiar with those kinds of places....after so many years they start to rot and get rodents living in them and unseen vandalism, and eventually someone ends up either inheriting or trying to selll a rotted out hulk and then wonders why it won't sell....

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Old 07/24/10, 01:27 PM
 
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I'm familiar with those kinds of places....after so many years they start to rot and get rodents living in them and unseen vandalism, and eventually someone ends up either inheriting or trying to selll a rotted out hulk and then wonders why it won't sell....
EXACTLY!! We actually had someone (the son of a person we had approached about buying) ask us if we were still interested. We went and looked and were like...um...no thanks. He was all up in arms about why we had been so interested before and weren't any more. Well, lets see...rotting floors, peeling walls, and rats and mice. The place was gorgeous when we went to see it before, but old places like that NEED someone living in them and keeping them up.
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There must be something in the air. Our friends lost everything yesterday to a house fire. Their car exploded in the garage. The fire department was there for over 7 hours dumping 15,000 gallons/hour.

Luckily they and their dogs made it out safe. I can't even imagine being in their shoes.

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The house is still smoldering this morning...looks so sad...makes me cry...


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That's a shame.

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Sad & tragic, prayers.

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Old 07/27/10, 12:25 PM
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July 28 is the 8 year anniversary of our house fire

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