This is what woke us up on Tuesday, 21 June 2011. Right across the road, Home Farm went up in flames! The photo was taken by MaryLou from a bedroom window at 4:59 AM and some of our neighbours were fast asleep, oblivious to the fire right at their doorsteps. It took more than 6 hours to completely control the fire and thankfully, no one was hurt and all of us are safe.
One of MaryLou’s friends who live on the other side of the farm has more photos. You can almost see the convent building just behind the trees in the first picture. Behind the house is a garage (where cars are repaired, serviced, etc.) and there were more than 30 cars there which would explain the explosion, plus all the elements they use for car repair.
The road was blocked for two full days as the authorities tried to investigate the cause of the fire. No one was allowed to go out or come in. In fact, we were advised to leave the premises ourselves but we told the police we are safe and that we will stay put. Only those who really had to leave were allowed but with police escort from our gate onwards.
Road blocks meant we could not go to Mass, our staff cannot report for work nor would deliveries come and go and that our customers had to be patient for the delay of their orders. It was also a time of solidarity with our neighbours. The loss of property and livelihood is a tragedy and it will take a long time before things are back to normal.
We thank God that the fire was contained immediately. We thank the firemen and the police who risked their lives to put out the fire, that no one was hurt and that everyone living within the vicinity is safe.
The investigations are ongoing and we many never know what started the fire but the incident reminds us of the transitoriness of all things: house, cars, riches, even life itself.
And what really matters. Family. Friends. Solidarity. Faith. Love.