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Welcome to the Caliente Diablo Apartment Complex

Free heat, air conditioning will cost ya extra

A day or two before I moved into my apartment there was a fire at the Laundry building. I moved in on a Saturday, and was told that there wasn’t any hot water because of this fire. The next day the hot water was back on. Life was good. I didn’t think much about this fire, unless I needed to do laundry.

This past Saturday night I was laying in bed when I heard sirens going off. They sounded close but I didn’t think much about it. This would’ve been between midnight and 1am. I woke up and got ready for Church the next morning, oblivious to what had happened in the night. When I rounded the corner to make my exit from the complex I noticed that the ground was wet. I wondered whether it had rained. I glanced over at the apartment building behind the wet pavement and thought that some of the air conditioning units looked a little wacky. I figured that one may have busted, and that was where the water came from. (I realize this doesn’t make any sense. Leave me alone. It was early.)

I returned home a little after noon. As I turned the corner to the entrance I noticed that there was a new fence around the apartment building in question. There were also people standing around, taking pictures and chit-chatting. I looked up and immediately understood why the wetness.

The Apartment Building Fire Aftermath
The Apartment Building Fire Aftermath

I was finally able to speak with my neighbors last night about it. They told me that they heard the fire started from some french fry cookin getting outta hand. I suggested next time they go to Arby’s. The reason the neighbors were out and about last night was because they were checking out the damage on the apartment building, and also looking at another apartment. Turns out there was another fire yesterday morning. From what it sounds like, someone must’ve thrown something into an empty apartment to help start the fire. This was around six in the morning. I probably slept right through it. By the time I left for work the Fire Trucks were pulling out. The police were questioning the upstairs occupant, above the apartment.

Corner Apartment Fire
Corner Apartment Fire

My neighbors asked me if I was regretting moving into this particular apartment complex. Although the fires seem to be getting closer to where I live, I think I’m going to be alright.

Luckily I haven’t heard any news about anyone being hurt.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. ~ Psalms 4: 8


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10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Caliente Diablo Apartment Complex

  1. You always have a backup place if you need it! I know my old apartment complex has had two very devastating fires in the past year. It must be a Dallas thing- we’re all pyros.

  2. Crikey! But, yes, Psalm 4. Also Psalm 91: 3-5. “For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.” And also verse 11 from the same: “For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” (Both quotes from the NLT simply because that’s the translation I’m currently reading on my tablet.)

    And praise be for no-one getting hurt. (The A-word is banned until Easter Day.)

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