Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ixnay the Edbugsbay

As my driver rounded the bend on I-75, we both saw the thick, billowing smoke coming from somewhere on the east side of Detroit. He said, "big fire there," and all I could think about was the last big fire that left those firefighters so critically injured last month. Big fire, indeed. As we merged onto east bound I-94, we could see the wind driven smoke blowing right above us. When we got off on our exit, the smoke was thick enough to make us cough. At the time, I had no idea we were only a couple of miles from an unbelievable inferno.

There were 85 fires in Detroit last night and while not certain they're arson (high winds and downed power lines in the area), the fire department is intimating some are. This is reminiscent of the fires that made this city famous for the problems around Halloween, and Halloween Eve. Last Friday, an arsonist torched a famous art deco building in Highland Park. A structural landmark that stood for 80 years, it's gone forever now.

Soon there will be nothing left of the east side of Detroit. I bet those bedbugs I saw last night will survive, though.

I'm still itching.



9 comments:

Stephanie V said...

Oh, tha's awful about the fires - and the special building. What a shame!
I thought it was only roaches that could survive a holocaust? Now, I have to fear bedbugs, too.

Sandy said...

God it sounds awful!! Stay safe..

peggyln said...

Wow, I keep hoping Detroit will come back. There are some wonderful brick bungalows. My grandparents grew up in D and my uncle told stories of how he use to sleep on Belle Isle during hot summer nights.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

how very sad... and the bedbugs? ewww! creepy little dickens. the first thing i do when i go to a hotel or a cruise is move the sheets and look in the edges of the mattress. i am terrified of getting them!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoox

Brenda said...

As I read this...Katie Coric was reporting it on the news. 80 homes...that is awful. She said no one was injured. Bedbugs??? Yikes!

Gail said...

So sad...I hope they catch the idiot that is doing this.

Finding Pam said...

Rudee, that is horrible about all of those fires. Did you have a lot of storms or did the wind blow down the power lines?

Rudee said...

FP, it was mainly really high winds--no rain, no lighting. At the root of the problem is the fact that in this area, faulty wiring from people stealing electricity from Edison's main lines creates huge safety issues.

jeannette said...

From experience I know that "unsafe" feeling when fires are so close by...take care!