This is my 9-11 experience - my arena fire as it happened on Sept. 11th. It is shocking - A part of me still can't believe it. I have too. There isn't any building left. It's the same feeling people get when major news hits the TV screens like Dalton McGinty resigning. The 'shake your head in disbelief' kind.
I've never had a fire before. I raced home, trying not to get into an accident. There was nothing left by the time I got there. 15 minutes was what they said it took before it went down. 20 fire fighters, 4 fire trucks, police, paramedics were there before me. A neighbour, who moved my tractor, said that it was like liquid fire pouring off the roof.
I remember looking over at my hand and saw it shaking violently. I couldn't move my feet when I saw the burning carcass. It's a paralyzing shock. Everything was happening fast. Too many people to figure out what I needed to do. I later remembered to shut off the main hydro switch that ran to the building.
The paramedic was concerned for me, but you know horse people, all I could think of was to check the horses. Brenda, my boarder and her daughter and my neighbour did that. 'Wait for me' - I was thinking to myself. My legs wouldn't walk properly. It was upsetting. One minute I was wanting to puke, the next, I was going to fall down (my legs not wanting to move.)