Life can change in a second. On the morning of Tuesday, November 5th my apartment was in an explosion the started from the unit directly across the hall from mine. The cause of the explosion is still unknown.
My only thought was that my 1 year old cat Ellie was still inside. My boss walked over there with me, while the whole time I was hoping that he had made a mistake and that it was a different building on fire. When we were close enough to see the building, it was for sure mine. I almost threw up. Every part of my body went numb as I watched helplessly as my life literally went up in flames. I kept pleading with everyone and anyone who would listen to please save my cat. I had this feeling that she was alive and was hiding under my bed.
After 6 hours of standing in the rain and refusing to move from where I could see where most of my apartment was, a fireman approached me. He saw I was wearing my Pro Club uniform and informed me that he used to work at Pro Club in the 90's. He said it was like a family there, and family helps each other out. He told me that he was personally going to go in a find Ellie. Within minutes of climbing through my broken and burnt bedroom window he emerged holding onto my little girl. She had ben hiding under what was left of my bed. it was the best moment of my life, during the worst day of my life!
Ellie was rushed to a local animal hospital and was started on pain medication and antibiotics. She had xrays, blood work taken, and IV fluids as well. They found a spot on her right lung that was burnt. The following morning her burns had progressed and she lost most of the fur on her left front leg and belly. The pads of her feet are badly burnt as well. She inhaled smoke for 6 hours inside my bedroom which had practically turned into a furnace. She was transfered to Seattle Veterinary Specialists on 11/6/13 to be carefully watched by respiratory specialists since her breathing is pretty labored. They have been giving her high flow oxygen. She may require a skin graft on her burnt body. Her medical bills are piling up like crazy, we are hoping to raise enough to cover them. She's got a rough couple of months ahead of her until she fully recovers, but she is one tough cookie :)
I may have lost all my things, but I didn't lose everything. I will rebuild and move forward, I just feel so blessed to have Ellie girl alive. She is the one thing I cared about losing. Thank you for all your love and support!!
Here is King 5's video coverage on the story: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Redmond-apartment-fire-230654081.html
You can also "Like" Ellie's facebook page where I will be posting updates to as well: www.facebook.com/helphealellie