OK, so you were about six blocks from an explosion and fire and burning. What's your first concern?
Well, I was concerned about whether our block would, ah, be on fire also. We weren't situated where there was, there are no, there was nothing that could actually burn, but then when I heard that the, ah, block on Pingrie had gone out, I, that, that's when I got concerned, and I was concerned about my children, I was, I was concerned about their safety, because at that time they were, they were small. And I didn't know what direction to go in, ah, where, where could you go, ah, at that particular time there was, it was just the sense of frustration, you just didn't, you just sit, you were, we were just sitting and watching, didn't know what was going to happen next.
OK, so six blocks away the city is on fire--if you could just let us know what you're thinking and doing and feeling.
Well, about that time in the afternoon I started to be getting concerned about my family. And, ah, I didn't know, ah, I just thought maybe I should make some preparations because then when I could see that, ah, that it was going to get worse, then I decided that I would, ah, go and have, ah, have everything at hand. And I got, ah, my children's birth certificates, and I got my, ah, marriage license, and our house insurance--and I put them all in an attache case and I sat it at the front door so that in case we had to leave and we had to leave suddenly I could just pick that up and go, I didn't worry about taking any clothes because I didn't think it would be necessary, I just wanted to, ah, have those important papers and, ah, have my children safe and my husband and, and, ah, then we could just leave. I don't know where we, I, I had no thoughts of where we would be going, but I just thought that I should be ready to, to have some indication that we did exist, that, ah, there was some record of our existing somewhere.