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|From: Sanda Everette (severetted.co.sanmateo.ca.us)|
|Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 12:56:43 -0600|
We had a fire early this morning at Dragon Belly Farm on the Olympic Penisnsula in Washington State. <http://www.cohousing.org/specific/dragonbelly/> I know our situation is not as great of a tragedy as was the fire at Ithaca. Most of you don't know us because we were very small. We bought our land without a group and were looking for a group. When that was harder than expected and we were running out of money, I returned to California 3 years ago to work. My husband stayed on the land managing the land and developing the agricultural part of the project and continued seeking partners. This past summer we rented our house to a family which was very interested in what we were doing and my husband joined me in California to continue earning money and networking. (A long distance relationship for three years can be stressful.) Margaret called at 6am. Our home burned to the ground about an hour earlier. They barely got out with their lives. In addition to Margaret and her partner and Margaret's two young daughters and teenage son, her daughter and son-in-law and their two babies were visiting for the weekend. They were planning to move into a mobile home on the land next month. He got up early about 4:30 morning to commute to his job south of Seattle and saw the fire. For some reason the smoke alarm did not go off. They lost everything they owned. Her visiting daughter had brought her laundry so they lost most of their clothes as well. They had no insurance. It was something that had planned to get but their budget did not yet allow. Hopefully our insurance is in place so that we can rebuild. We will consider whether or not a cohousing project will ever happen on our land and if so, build with some common house concepts in mind. We may have to make some decision earlier than we expected to make them. Thanks for giving me the place to share my feelings. I realize I haven't done that, just said what happened. I have been trembing for the last several hours. There are lots of questions in my mind. I am at work. I am a special education teacher. My students are being cooperative and supportive. I am worried about Margaret and her family. My husband will probably have to return to Washington to facilitate our house being rebuilt. We will contact the folks at Rosewind Cohousing in Pt. Townsend 17 miles away. <http://www.eskimo.com/~stoitt/rosewind/rosewind.htm> Some of their member are in a construction cooperative. If they are not too busy with their own construction, we would like them to rebuild our house.
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