Fire in Downieville
I have been ignoring part of my blog's title, and not putting any posts up about community life. Today many of us are wandering around in shock as one of the four motels in our dinky town of Downieville suffered a major fire, which also pretty much destroyed an adjacent family home. Here is a front view of what is left of the Downieville Inn, where nine people lost their homes in a fire last night. One dog perished, and one person got injured. The fire was short but intense. In a town this small (only about 200 winter residents), everyone was close to at least one of the people affected. The Inn's owners, Aaron and Elena, lived in a separate building that was spared the flames. The adjacent Downieville Grocery was also unharmed, being built mainly of brick.
This photo shows Lynn and Charlie Jakobs' home from the rear; extensive damage. Their youngest son, Joe, is one of my students and escaped unharmed.
Another view of the Downieville Inn
View of Inn upstairs showing collapsed roof