On Saturday March 19th I was woken by my wife with the news that we had a fire at the Greenville store. I immediately grabbed my phone and noticed 15 missed calls. I'm not 100% sure why my ringer was turned down so low but there isn't much difference that would have been made if I had answered the first ring. So I headed over to the store and upon arrival there were several fire trucks and police cars. I walked up to the store and was met with a shattered front door and then there it was. The culprit. Our refrigerator had apparently caught fire. The Fire Chief I spoke with said the fire was caused by the refrigerator and it was deemed accidental.
Now for those of you who are unfamiliar, nine times out of ten the fire is not what causes the majority of the damage rather it is the water is the major concern. Sure enough I walked into 3-6" of standing water. Did I mention that it was 22degrees? Oh and now I was tasked with the job of pulling all of our jewelry that remains in the cases at night... So there I stood freezing, wet feet and legs, pulling 20-30 pieces of Jewelry out of each of our 10 cases.
Now that a few days have passed thinking back on it.... At 3:30am, in the dark soaking wet and freezing, pulling jewelry from the cases, it was like being on the Titanic an hour after it collided with the iceberg. I know that is a bit overly dramatic but it really was a bit surreal in retrospect. I spent the rest of the day in slight disbelief and exhausted. By the end of the day the remediation company that showed up early in the day Sunday had all of the standing water removed which made it slightly easier to survey the damage. Tomorrow is another day.