Patty and Joe have lived at 4059 Latona for 53 years, but are spending this holiday in Lynnwood as they sort through recovering from the Halloween fire. Here’s a photo from their house in a happier holiday season:
Patty and Joe wanted to offer this message to community in appreciation for Bette’s caroling fundraiser and to let the community know where their recovery is at:
For the last few weeks the cleaning company and I have been going through the house room by room to remove the items, some can be saved and cleaned, others can be cleaned but the smoke smell can never be removed so those items can’t be saved.
They have hauled 4 to 5 truckloads of debris etc. to the dump and 4 to 5 truckloads of saved items to a warehouse. My “stuff” is being stored in a special warehouse because the smoke smell will contaminate other customers’ items if stored together.
I still have to go to the warehouse and go through the items there because we didn’t have the time to make the save or don’t save decision at the house for each item.
We worked in the dark using headlamps and flashlights. It seems that City Light needs approval on the grounding for temporary lighting for the contractor and for some reason they never received that approval, therefore we worked in the dark. There was some sort of miscommunication somewhere which I am trying to get resolved now.
The firemen did a great job putting out the fire, however during that process they strewed items from room to room and floor to floor. Items that were in bedrooms initially were found in the office area and vice versa. I am not complaining, just learning about the process they have to go through to ensure all of the sparks are out.
I think all of my credit cards are now replaced and the only thing left to replace is my health card for which I have heard nothing back from United Healthcare. I have no idea why it is so difficult for them to respond.
One wonderful discovery was the storage cabinet which held 57 years of pictures with Santa. The first picture was taken in 1957 of my first born son, Michael, who was 6 months old at the time. Every year since then we have had pictures taken with Santa, and over the years the pictures included boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives and just friends. What a marvelous find!!! The crew had to saw the melted storage cabinet into pieces and break them apart, but the pictures are intact!!
The only year missing is 2014, it was displayed in the living room at the time of the fire. I am attempting to see if I can get duplicates made.
Lastly in this update is the wonderfulness of Bette Jingling, and her surprise caroling, fundraising event that took place last night. We are just overwhelmed by the kindness, the beautiful singing, and the fundraising efforts of our neighbors and friends on our behalf. This is a strenuous time on the pocketbook for everyone and yet you all gave!! How wonderful and you are all very blessed and have joined the angels here on earth.
Thank you, thank you, Bette, a lady named Patti, whom I met I think at the block party and each and every one of you. Thank you for your lovingness, your kindness, your time spent in this effort and especially thank you for just being there.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. May all of your days be merry and bright.
Patty and Joe.
If you want to help out or learn more, contact Bette at 206 633 2893.