200 miles under the keel in one day ... or, how a house fire ruined our cruise

LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,448Member ✭✭✭✭✭
The Admiral and I had three wonderful days hanging out with @Dream_Inn ;and other Rinker friends at Solomon's Island, and made a fantastic 60-mile run to Deltaville on the Rappahannock River.  Then, as we pulled into the Deltaville around noon, we got the phone call you never want to get:  our house was on fire!  

So we dashed home by boat ... 140 miles up the Potomac at 34-36 mph.  We had calm water and perfect weather the entire way, but we were far too distracted to enjoy it.  Put 200 miles under the keel in a day.  

The heroes from Fairfax County Fire & Rescue got to our house in just 6 minutes (!!), and they were able to save most of the house.  Still, there was heavy damage.  Half of the house has to be gutted because of fire, water or both.  Every item that survived the fire has to be removed for smoke cleaning ... clothing, furniture, every pot and pan, every fork and spoon, a garage very full of tools, a drum studio and much more.  We're in temporary housing until Christmas or longer.  

The picture below shows where the fire breached into the main dwelling.  Five more minutes and we'd have lost the entire house.  

I'm focusing on the positives:  no firefighters got hurt, they saved the house, and insurance will make it right for us.  

The cruise ended badly, but it sure did start out nice!



  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 2,350Member ✭✭✭✭
    WoW! So sorry, glad no one was hurt. Any clue on how the fire started?
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 2,305Member ✭✭✭✭
    Oh man LR sorry to see this! Glad you guys are ok. Stuff can be replaced. Glad you had a seamless ride home 
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,448Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    It was an electrical fire in a storage room above the garage.  We have a fire forensics expert working to figure it out.
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 5,138Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow bud- so sorry to hear about this and I'm sure there will be a lot to work through to get your home right again...good luck and prayers.
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,146Member ✭✭✭
    So sorry to hear @LaRea, just getting the call would have been devastating. Good positive outlook, it gets better from here.



    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,582Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow. Sorry on that mess. Hopefully all works out well for you guys!

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,365Member ✭✭✭
    Wow @LaRea so happy nobody was hurt.  Scary situation.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • boatman37boatman37 Posts: 235Member ✭✭
    Wow. Sorry to hear this.
  • raybo3raybo3 Revere MAPosts: 4,158Moderator mod
    Sorry for the fire. Thank God you or your family are safe and that is the most important thing. Good luck with the mess.
    2002 342 Fiesta Vee PC Point Of Pines YC Revere MA. popyc.org
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,454Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow! Damage can always be fixed, lives can't. On the bright side, the cars are good right?
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,448Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks guys.  It was depressing to watch as they started packing up all of our stuff.  What a huge, huge job, and we have a million decisions to make during the next few months.  

    My car got dinged up a bit when they broke down the garage door, but it's fixable.  
  • cls10105cls10105 Cleveland TNPosts: 244Member ✭✭
    That's terrible. Sorry to hear that man. Glad you and your family are safe everything else will get back to normal in time.
    cruising on 6. tw0s
  • GMSLITHOGMSLITHO Greenwood Lake NY Posts: 655Member ✭✭✭
    Guess your neighbors or someone was looking out for you it sounds like it could have been a lot worse 
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,454Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Does this mean you will be in town for Thanksgiving???😁
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,448Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yeah, my neighbor saw it and called 911, and started banging on the door to see if anybody was home.  If he had arrived five minutes later, or if it had happened at night, we would have lost everything.  
  • raybo3raybo3 Revere MAPosts: 4,158Moderator mod
    Do you know the cause???? 
    2002 342 Fiesta Vee PC Point Of Pines YC Revere MA. popyc.org
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,904Member ✭✭✭✭
    Wow! So happy to hear no one was hurt or worse. Stuff can be replaced. Hang in there, we're all rooting for you.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,448Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not yet.  We have more forensic investigators coming over today and Monday.  
  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTPosts: 2,008Member ✭✭✭✭
    So sorry for this its terrible. Glad you and the family is ok. 
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • TonyG13TonyG13 ChicagoPosts: 205Member ✭✭✭
    Glad you and yours are OK - and great to have an observant neighbor.
  • SpyderwebSpyderweb Syracuse, NYPosts: 192Member ✭✭
    Just terrible.  Can't imagine the emotions you must have (and are) going through.  So glad you're looking at the positives.  Hang in here.  
  • Lake_BumLake_Bum Flagstaff, AZ Posts: 334Member ✭✭✭
    Wow.....probably a blessing you weren't home! Who knows what could have happened to you guys if you attempted to save stuff in the moment!   Thank God everyone is okay, and a HUGE thank you for that neighbor! 
    A great friend of mine lost his house to a fire on New Years Eve a year and a half ago. It took almost a full year for them to get rebuilt. 
    2000 Captiva 232 
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,454Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Post some pics of what caused it if you can
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,448Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Maybe after they finish their investigation.  
  • 69fastback69fastback Gunter, TXPosts: 397Member ✭✭✭
    So sorry to hear it. Smoke and water damage are almost as devastating as the actual fire. Hopefully insurance takes care of you. 
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,454Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    You will get all new ductwork. 
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,454Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Take advantage of the situation and do some improvements. 
  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,561Member ✭✭✭✭
    Sorry Man, glad you have good neighbors. That looks stressful, have a refreshing beverage. There is much to be thankful for. 
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • trip_ntrip_n Posts: 493Member ✭✭✭
    that suxs=sorry for your loss
    im with lake_bum = good thing you were not ay home
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 5,250Member, Moderator mod
    Chris, both you and Diane have been in our thoughts since all of this happened.  You know there is a group of us up here that will help in any way that we can.  As everyone has said, material stuff can be fixed.  Many were asking about you at Rinkervous as well.  

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

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