Wednesday, February 4, 2009

ANOTHER LOGANDALE ICON GONE...


Tibi has already blogged about this, but for those who haven't seen or heard, our beloved Logandale church burned down today. It started at about 4 a.m. in the rear of the building, back where the Relief Society room was. They had just cleaned the carpets yesterday, and had fans all throughout the building to help dry them. At first they suspected the overload on the electricity, but after the day had gone on, they weren't sure that that was the actual cause. Federal Investigators came on the scene during the day, and were busy gathering information from local residents as to the floor plan and other specifics of the building. I called our Stake President as soon as I dropped the kids off for Seminary, and then got to work gathering food and heading down to the park across the street from the church to be ready to feed firefighters for the day. It was a long day, but very fulfilling. I came home exhausted, smelling like smoke, sunburned, and thankful for the women of our stake. I am posting these pictures mostly for my older children and relatives. I knew that it would be a sad day for them too.

Bishop Barlow with Bill McConnell, firefighter (and also 1st counselor) saving things from the Bishop's office. I thought this picture was pretty poignant.

President Robison (facing us) with his three Bishops in our building. Another solemn picture...

Bringing out the missionary placques. They all hang on the same wall for all three wards. That was providential.

Looking into the front door (as you are on the street). Notice all of the rubble inside the door where the ceiling had given way.

My wonderful helpers, Carolyn Jensen and Nikki Fessler. We ended up staying till the last truck left the parking lot. It was a long day...

13 comments:

Karena said...

It is a sad day. All I can think about are the mutual activities I had there and other things I did in that building.

Sherri said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures...it really helped for me to be able to send them on to my college kids and relatives!

Austrie said...

So sad! These pictures are really cool. I wish I would've known to look back at the church as I walked out for the last time before coming back to BYUI :)

GrandmaLori said...

Vicki THANK YOU for sharing these pictures. I like everyone else have some very fond memories of that chapel. Those memories are what we need to hold on to. Talk about Divine Intervention that the Bishops offices were spared as well as all of the records.

You are such an awesome lady, such a great example of service, and Im sure that you, Carolyn and Nikki were very much appreciated today by so many.

Love ya!!

Camie said...

That seriously brings tears to my eyes. I've read about this on three other blogs already and I keep choking up. I hope is accidental. I would really hate to find out that this was done by someone. Way to be frist responders to those wonderful firefighters. I'm sure they were so appreciative.

Lott's Wife said...

What sad pictures. Takes a personal part out of each of you, I'm sure. Hold the memories...many will need to lean on those memories for moral support.

marknkim said...

I heard this on the news and had to go to your blog to see if was your building. What a sad thing to happen.

Erin, Danny, & Carson said...

Seeing the firefighter carry out the missionary placques got me all teary-eyed. How sad. If that ever happened to the church bldg that I attended in St. Louis I would feel like a major part of my past was gone. I'm glad that everyone is ok though and that you were there to serve. You are amazing.

Dawn said...

Your pictures are great..would it be ok if I copy 2 of them? It was so great of your ward to bring food for all the firefighters. Logandale 2nd rocks!!

Michaela said...

Good for you for helping so much mother! Pretty sad... I've been going to that church building since I was four. I feel bad for the older people in the valley that helped build it. Thank goodness it's just a building. We have plenty of others.

Vicki said...

Yes Dawn. Save as many as you need to.

Amy said...

This is Amy Sutton. I just stumbled onto your blog for the first time. It was nice so see pictures of the firefighters and volunteers - we read about the fire in the paper. How sad that the building is gone. Your family looks like they are all doing great!

Lisa said...

you have some pretty awesome pictures. Its so sad though it just breaks your heart. I hope it was just something electrical and some stupid person didnt do it cause that would make us all feel horrible. Even though its so sad i feel its a sign of our times.