It was a hot morning at my house...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

A loud explosion that rocked me out of bed at 3:30 am.  Looking out the window, things looked really bad.  my large pole barn was on fire!

We had our two vans and motor home in this shed.  The fire was intense and I was lucky to safely get one van out.  The other two we a total loss.

 The speed of this fire was remarkable.   Not an arson, as I was looking over my property before the Fire Dept arrived.

My out door wood stove was in this shed. It was NOT the cause.  We have it narrowed down to an electrical short.   Worst part of this entire disaster is that I wil have to burn Propane to keep my house warm and it will be a bout 3-4 degrees cooler than I like.

No one was hurt.  That is the main thing.   So If I am missing in action for a few days, you will have an idea where I am.


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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

WOW!!! I am glad no one was hurt.  What a tremendous loss you have incurred.   I bet that site was quite a shoke at that hour

Dec 04, 2010 12:57 PM #1
Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

Bill, that looks like one hot fire.  If there is anything you need, please call.

Dec 04, 2010 01:15 PM #2
Andy Kress
Rental Solutions Oahu - Honolulu, HI

I am so sorry about your loss. So glad you are ok. Did you have insurance?

Dec 04, 2010 01:34 PM #3
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


What can we do to help? I'm glad that no one was hurt but that's a lot to lose in one night. Give me a call if you need ANYTHING!

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Dec 04, 2010 01:58 PM #4
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bill, I am glad that no one was hurt...the barn, van and mobile home can be replaced. 

Dec 04, 2010 03:51 PM #5
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Sorry to hear of your loss. Sooo blessed that no one was hurt. Praying for a swift restoration.


Dec 04, 2010 04:11 PM #6
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Your safe.  That's most important.  Sorry to hear of your loss.  I hope you had it well insured.

Dec 04, 2010 10:11 PM #7
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Moring everyone..Thanks for all you well wishes.  WE are doing fine.  WE lost nothing that can't be replaced.  No one was hurt...That is ALL that matters in the end.

Dec 05, 2010 02:08 AM #8
Azmi Alkurd
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles - Sterling, VA
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles

Bill - you are keeping good spirit. It is a Loss (no matter insured or not), but your attitude is great.

Dec 05, 2010 05:34 AM #9
Cinnamon Wright
Wilmington Real Estate 4U 910.547.1446 - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Assistant to Tish Lloyd

You have a remarkably upbeat attitude, considering, I think I'd be sucking my thumb.  Sorry about the loss of vehicles, but praise God, no one was injured.  And then I read of you playing Santa -- sounds like your priorities are well in order!

Dec 05, 2010 12:30 PM #10
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

William ~  Sorry to have not commented sooner -- you and your wife have been in our prayers -- I am so sorry you are having to endure this and a loss -- even though they are just things, is still difficult to endure.  If there is absolutely anything we can do, please just say the word.  Blessings.

Dec 05, 2010 12:37 PM #11
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

So sorry this happened but extremely glad no one was hurt William! I am sure this is still devastating, If you need anything, please, please let me know, I'd be glad to help!

Dec 05, 2010 12:44 PM #12
Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

How scary, so glad you and your family are okay.  Sorry for the property loss, good luck mucking through the bureacracy.

Dec 05, 2010 01:40 PM #13
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

I'm glad you guys are safe...that must have been scary.  You're right, things can be replaced...Stay warm! 

Dec 05, 2010 10:34 PM #14
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Holy moley! Glad you are safe & nothing blew outward toward the house or anything. Bummer on the cars & stuff.  Why do so many fires seem to happen near Christmas?

Did you have a tree on top of the winnebago?

Dec 07, 2010 08:42 AM #15
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Oh my gosh Bill, I am so sorry to hear of your loss!  At least those things can be replaced in time, and no people/animals were hurt!

Dec 08, 2010 03:10 PM #16
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

William.  I am glad that you are okay.  It must have been shocking to see the fire and risky to get your van out.  You will likely be shakey for a few days or weeks. 

Dec 09, 2010 10:51 PM #17
Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Well certainly NOT the kodak moment you wanted to have in your file!  So sorry, while you are all thankfully fine, it's still hard to lose and a bit rattling to the soul!  Hope insurance works well with you and you can replace in the spring.

Dec 10, 2010 02:31 AM #18
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


I am sorry to hear about this.  It's not the sort of thing you want to have happening around the holidays - or any time. I hope your insurance covers most of losses.


Dec 11, 2010 01:28 AM #19
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