Sometimes, there are fantastically-wonderful things that happen in the world. But sometimes, things like this happen…
The investigation into what caused the three-alarm fire that destroyed Crestline Elementary early Sunday morning continues into its fifth day.
The agency has finished conducting interviews and is now working to piece together that information with physical evidence found in the school’s rubble, Vancouver Fire Capt. Kevin Murray said Wednesday morning.
“It’s a significant puzzle piece,” he said. “Because of the size and scope of the fire, it’s going to take a while.”
Looking back on the fire call, which came in at 3:17 a.m. Sunday, Murray said the agency is lucky that another fire or a handful of medical calls did not come in during their attack of the blaze.
“We had 90 percent of our assets on that fire,” he said. “We were still running the normal amount of calls. Basically, we had one or two engines that were out and about covering the whole city.”
By 4:25 a.m., the fire was upgraded to a three-alarm fire. In all, nine fire engines, three fire trucks, two battalion chiefs and several safety personnel — 38 total personnel — were at the scene.
Murray added that resources from Portland Fire & Rescue helped cover the city during the fire.
Nearly 500 students were displaced by the fire, but Evergreen Public Schools officials worked to disperse the students to other schools, with classes resuming for Crestline students on today. (copied from The Columbian, Feb 6, 2013)
It’s times like this, when very-not-fantastically-wonderful THINGS happen, that fantastically-wonderful PEOPLE get ideas.
The ladies of The Evil League of Evil Writers (a group of self appointed purveyors of eviltry, founded by Skyla Dawn Cameron and Dina James, and including many other evil-doer-type authors with hearts of gold) learned about this horrible fire through Lilith Saintcrow (the author they revere, and have named as their Patron Saint of Eviltry), it was the school her son attended. You can read about how much the school meant to her and her community here.
In response, the ELEW created the Evil For Crestline Online Auction. People (authors, artists, knitters, and generally creative souls) have offered up books and other goodies for bidding. All winning bids are DIRECT DONATIONS TO THE REBUILDING OF CRESTLINE ELEMENTARY. To date, the ELEW has over $4000 in pledges and donations!!!! The first wave of auctions closed on the 15th, and the second wave closes on the 25th. Which is where yours truly comes into the picture.
I’ve got 3 offerings up for bidding in the auction.
The first is a large, packed full swag bag from the Olde City, New Blood mini-con. This thing has books, and novelty goodies, and candy, and bookmarks and postcards, and all KINDS of cool stuff in it!!! Many items are signed, and others were designed specifically for this event. You can ask anyone who attended OCNB… the bags ROCKED!!
The second item available is the smaller, staff swag bag. This bag contains signed books, some swaggie goodies, and Olde City, New Blood t-shirt, and a $5 Starbucks giftcard.
The third auction is for a set of signed books from Philippa Ballentine and Tee Morris, both available books in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. This also includes a series bookmark and pin. I’ve also tossed in a signed Once Burned bookmark from Jeaniene Frost, a signed swag pack from Caridad Pineiro, and an Anita Blake keychain/mini-flashlight. Very cool stuff :-)
Even if you can’t (or don’t want to) bid on any of the items available (and there are quite a few!!), there is a link at the ELEW page for direct donations to Crestline. You can help is SO many ways, and possibly get some really cool stuff in the process. Please consider checking out the items up for auction, or doing a direct donation if you’re able. It would mean so much to a community in need of help right now.