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Kulfan: Justin Abdelkader’s parents narrowly avert fire from burning home down

Well this is crappy news with a significant silver lining, per the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Losing Game 5 Saturday was bad enough, but forward Justin Abdelkader received more bad news afterward. His parents' house in Norton Shores, Mich., the house Abdelkader grew up in, suffered damage in an electrical fire Saturday night.

The damage was contained to the detached garage as Abdelkader's parents arrived home that evening to see smoke billowing out of the garage.

Had they arrived later, or had they gone down to Chicago to watch Game 5, which they had been thinking about, the entire incident could have been a lot worse.

"If no one had been home, it could have been burned down in five to six hours," said Abdelkader, who said four fire trucks arrived on the scene and tore down the side of the garage to get to the source of the fire."

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Primis's avatar

Crappy news, but yes fortunate that it wasn’t worse.

3 Easters ago my in-laws were out of town visiting family w/ Easter Dinner and their home burned down, lost basically everything.  They’re pretty sure an appliance (a newer one at that) in the kitchen went haywire.  The worst was losing the old family photos, scrapbooks, and other things that were all hoarded in one place.  It’s a good lesson in why you should digitize and back up everything like that.  We managed to replace some of the things we had back-ups of digitally, but it wasn’t much.  If nothing else, it’s a lesson one person in a family should never hold on to ALL that stuff in one place though.  At least spread it out.

Fireproof safes for everyone, keep digital copies (you can scan in individual documents) and back them up to both DVD’s and online, and spread out what you can among the family as it goes for family heirlooms and mementos.

Posted by Primis on 05/27/13 at 02:36 PM ET

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