Smokey

Enfield, CT

#1 Oct 14, 2012
Anybody know who's house was on fire on Vorhees Ave yesterday?
twinkle twinkle

Camden, NY

#2 Oct 14, 2012
Lorie Russo's house.
the original ME

United States

#3 Oct 16, 2012
It was said that the owner smelled something funny coming from her woodstove and decided to take her dog for a walk. Many stop, think, and now wonder if it was deliberately set. We burn with wood and let me tell you that if we smelled something "funny" coming from the woodstove, you bet your bottom dollar that we would be looking into WHY it smells not taking our dog for a walk!!!!......this calls for a possible insurance fraud investigation. Think about it....
x member

Dracut, MA

#4 Oct 16, 2012
Yes that struck me very odd also.
the original ME

United States

#5 Oct 16, 2012
BUT...it was a nice house, in the village, but "hidden" off a side road and many trees in the front. I wont say anymore of what I believe...I wouldnt want someone "bashing" me on here...we all know there's enough of it!!!..
Anonymous

New York, NY

#6 Oct 17, 2012
the original ME wrote:
BUT...it was a nice house, in the village, but "hidden" off a side road and many trees in the front. I wont say anymore of what I believe...I wouldnt want someone "bashing" me on here...we all know there's enough of it!!!..
the original ME!

I will bash you on here in a heartbeat if your going to talk all this bullshit to which you have no real facts of the situation. If you new anything, which you obviously don't because your ignorant and listen to hear say of what people are telling you. This was my parents house and you have no idea what happened. I will not tell you what actually happened because you obviously think you know. You have no idea what kind of person my mother is, if you did you certainly would know she would never do anything intentional to the house that she has lived in for over 22 years. The house that she chose to buy for her children to grow up in a nice area with the person who took all of us in and became our father. She went with out things for herself all of the time to give to us spoiled children the best of things in our lives and so we could have a nice house and above a great childhood. Our house was "hidden" as you say because it gave it that appeal of living in the village but having some privacy from people like you who think they deserve to know what is going on in everyone's lives. This house was "hidden" for a few years until someone bought all the land behind it and tore all the trees down to make a dirt road and not finish it which was in the contract. And how about the fire hydrants that were not hooked up when the land was bulldozed and supposed to be hooked up by the village but somehow they didn't get hooked up. So the fire department had to run a line down the entire road to the bottom to get water and enough pressure up the hill to put the house out. If the fire hydrant worked my parents would still have some of their belongings and part of a home to go to. But NOW they have absolutely nothing! I hope one day you do not have to go through all of this pain and misery of losing your house and all of the memories and possessions that are not replaceable.
So what you believe is absolutely far from the truth and you have no idea what really happened. If you know it was a nice house then you've obviously seen it at some point, so did you know my parents? If you did then you are more of an ignorant ass than I originally thought.

Just to let you know I have never been on this site because I think it's ridiculous that people come on the internet to bully people. There's enough of this shit in the world and certainly in CAMDEN that we don't need it, that is only thing I will agree with you on.

I was told that someone was bashing and trashing my parents. So yes I will respond to you with the facts and not something I heard.
good job

United States

#8 Oct 17, 2012
music metal, great response..I am so sorry someone had the nerve to say such a thing. I dont know who you are but i too lost everything in a fire 6 years ago. Its very painful. Insurance or no insurance you can never replace a life full of belongings. 6 years later and I still wish some of that life back...gramas bible..great gramas china..my sons trophys..so much gone forever..Those people who are running off at the mouth like that are just ignorant. They dont have a clue how painful it is and seem to be stupid enough to add to it. Im so sorry for you all and i hope you can all rebuild your lives in peace.
Vacation

Utica, NY

#9 Oct 17, 2012
If you have decent insurance hire a public adjuster and get the max from the company. When I lost my house in Utica my insurance company was shafting me and they got me $38G more.
mybestfriend

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Oct 17, 2012
the original ME

You have NO idea who you are talking about! She would NEVER deliberately set fire to her home! That home contained pictures of her beloved father & her at her wedding, her daughters wedding photos, & numerous other personal momentos that can never be replaced by insurance money. I pray that you will never have to know the pain that they are feeling.
right on

Somerville, MA

#11 Oct 17, 2012
musicmetal wrote:
<quoted text>
the original ME!
I will bash you on here in a heartbeat if your going to talk all this bullshit to which you have no real facts of the situation. If you new anything, which you obviously don't because your ignorant and listen to hear say of what people are telling you. This was my parents house and you have no idea what happened. I will not tell you what actually happened because you obviously think you know. You have no idea what kind of person my mother is, if you did you certainly would know she would never do anything intentional to the house that she has lived in for over 22 years. The house that she chose to buy for her children to grow up in a nice area with the person who took all of us in and became our father. She went with out things for herself all of the time to give to us spoiled children the best of things in our lives and so we could have a nice house and above a great childhood. Our house was "hidden" as you say because it gave it that appeal of living in the village but having some privacy from people like you who think they deserve to know what is going on in everyone's lives. This house was "hidden" for a few years until someone bought all the land behind it and tore all the trees down to make a dirt road and not finish it which was in the contract. And how about the fire hydrants that were not hooked up when the land was bulldozed and supposed to be hooked up by the village but somehow they didn't get hooked up. So the fire department had to run a line down the entire road to the bottom to get water and enough pressure up the hill to put the house out. If the fire hydrant worked my parents would still have some of their belongings and part of a home to go to. But NOW they have absolutely nothing! I hope one day you do not have to go through all of this pain and misery of losing your house and all of the memories and possessions that are not replaceable.
So what you believe is absolutely far from the truth and you have no idea what really happened. If you know it was a nice house then you've obviously seen it at some point, so did you know my parents? If you did then you are more of an ignorant ass than I originally thought.
Just to let you know I have never been on this site because I think it's ridiculous that people come on the internet to bully people. There's enough of this shit in the world and certainly in CAMDEN that we don't need it, that is only thing I will agree with you on.
I was told that someone was bashing and trashing my parents. So yes I will respond to you with the facts and not something I heard.
Right on! And that's a tragedy. If I were your parents I would sue the town. Maybe the house would still be salvageable if this town had made sure the hydrants were in working order!
people suck

Sandy Creek, NY

#12 Oct 18, 2012
The original me was probably one of the friggin dozens of people lined up on the road to watch this families home burn. All these people were treating it like some sort of show. Taking pictures, sending them to friends.
Dont even bother accusing me of being one of those people as well. I can just imagine the response being something like..."how do you know what those people were doing if you werent with them.". suffice it to say...not everyone there was sitting around doing nothing but watching.
To everyone that was sitting there enjoying the spectacle of a family losing their home...shame on you. there were dozens of people, dozens of cars. and cameras everywhere. when did it become so acceptable to make entertainment out of our neighbors suffering?
the original ME

United States

#13 Oct 18, 2012
FYI yes I have lost everything in a fire and I had 3 very small children!!! so yes I do know what it is like to lose memorable things such as pictures, and different things, memories of my deceased mother and the wedding of my parents. It was worse for us because we rented and didnt have renters insurance. No I wasnt one of the "friggin dozens of people" who were lined up on the street watching!!!....No I didnt know the people who lived there.
I was the only one who put a comment down...I am not the only person who thought it was strange. So take your "bashing" else where. Im done with this "story". you guys can all keep your drama going. And wonder why everyone fights? not just on this site, but in the world.Because all people know how to do is argue and GOD FORBID someone voices what was heard. Instead of a "nicer" approach, telling that many things "heard" are wrong or whatever, you start an argument.
Kindness kills so I hope you all have a great day and good luck with everything.(I'm not an asshole, but I do wish your family good luck)
the original ME

United States

#14 Oct 18, 2012
BTW "hidden" didnt mean anything except for surrounded by trees..I guess to totally leave the argument/conversation WE ALL GOT OUT ALIVE. I AM THANKFUL FOR THAT!!!!!!(3rd floor of apartment building over businesses, set up like camden's mainstreet limited access to doorways)
good job

United States

#15 Oct 18, 2012
original me..o well .tuff shit.if you already know the pain of such loss you should know better than to suggest such a thing .. you heard she smelled something funny so there should be an insurance fraud investigation..some of us jumped on that statement..hey on my fire years ago i was on my way home from work,i had worked all day..the firemen knew what started it and knew it wasnt me for sure,,its also their job to do that you know..but guess what there was still mean people rumoring .what the hell when you are at your lowest in life why do people jump to conclusions that just inflict anger to your pain. learn from this instead of whining that you pissed some of us off..to spread such a rumor is painful to people who are already going through enough..dont add to it unless its a meth lab for christ sake.
metoo

Camden, NY

#16 Oct 18, 2012
the original ME wrote:
FYI yes I have lost everything in a fire and I had 3 very small children!!! so yes I do know what it is like to lose memorable things such as pictures, and different things, memories of my deceased mother and the wedding of my parents. It was worse for us because we rented and didnt have renters insurance. No I wasnt one of the "friggin dozens of people" who were lined up on the street watching!!!....No I didnt know the people who lived there.
I was the only one who put a comment down...I am not the only person who thought it was strange. So take your "bashing" else where. Im done with this "story". you guys can all keep your drama going. And wonder why everyone fights? not just on this site, but in the world.Because all people know how to do is argue and GOD FORBID someone voices what was heard. Instead of a "nicer" approach, telling that many things "heard" are wrong or whatever, you start an argument.
Kindness kills so I hope you all have a great day and good luck with everything.(I'm not an asshole, but I do wish your family good luck)
Well said, I agree
L Russo

Liverpool, NY

#17 Oct 23, 2012
Thank you for the kind words and prayers. Losing our home of 22 years and all the keepsakes we had acquired over time is more painful than you can imagine. And for the curiosity seekers and those implying I simply walked away and let my house burn to the ground, please read the following letter I am sending to the local paper-
I would like to clarify some information. It was reported that I smelled smoke when I arrived home. I did NOT smell or see any smoke in my home. As I told the fire chief and the fire inspector, there was a strange smell in the house that I could only describe as “chemical”. Out of habit, I immediately went down cellar to check the wood furnace. We have been burning wood for heat for over 20 years. I have always been diligent about “checking the fire” for fear of chimney fires or smoke from downdrafts. The wood furnace, although barely burning, did not appear to be malfunctioning, as there was no smoke or smell down cellar.
When I returned upstairs, I opened the doors and windows to air out the house, as I did not know what had caused the strange smell. At that point, I left the house to walk the dog and let the house air out. I had only walked about a block away when I looked back and saw black smoke coming from my house. Apparently, opening the doors and windows caused the fire (wherever it had been burning) to spread.
I would also like to point out that when the fire department arrived, only the back corner of the house was smoking and on fire. The fire department immediately contained the fire to that corner of the house by using the water from their tanker. Imagine my horror, as I realized that they were only using one hose; two others lay dormant on the ground, not trained on the fire. That is when I overheard the firefighters shouting to each other that they had no water pressure, no water from the hydrant.
I would like to say that I am sincerely grateful to the Camden Fire Department. They tried valiantly to contain the fire and hastily took action to try to obtain water from other sources. Unfortunately, by the time they made other arrangements for water delivery, the fire had completely engulfed the house.
I would also like to point out to the Village Planning Board and the Water Department that we have complained for YEARS about the water pressure on Voorhees/Spainhower Ave. Apparently, I should have complained more loudly and to someone who would listen. We were told when the Planning Board approved “the Delaney Road development”, that the village would run water down from Preston Hill, which would greatly improve the pressure as they realized that pumping water up Voorhees Ave would not suffice especially if more homes are eventually built above ours.
It is a shame that our home and all or our possessions, some irreplaceable, were destroyed simply because the Village did not supply enough water to our street to allow the hydrants to be operated properly. I hope this alerts the other homeowners and the DDSO home on Voorhees Ave to the potential danger they face.
Again, thank you to the Camden Fire Department. We know you did your best. I doubt even Jesus Christ could put out a fire without water.

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