Finally, the smoke smell is gone. After many months of long hard work, it is so nice to see the home that was gutted fire and the remaining fragments torn down, back up in even a better state than before. I know it is just a house, but when you have put so much effort and planning into a neighborhood and one of your babies has been destroyed, it hurts.
But now, she's back. Shiny and new; perfect. I still remember that panicked phone call at 4 in the morning, running over there to see the destruction. Just a memory. Just a house. Still our baby.
With the new tenants ready to move in, one can hope that all of us have a learned something from this experience; there really are heroes out there who care about people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frtX7Shj6kg , fire can kill, and never ever disable a smoke detector.
Now we go on, looking to the future, but never forgetting.