Friday, June 15, 2012
  Isn't it fun to live in a vibrant community?

Earlier I noted a large number of apartment fires around here, which reinforced my appreciation of home ownership.

Basic point: In a house your own tendencies are directly rewarded or punished. In an apartment your own tendencies are irrelevant. No amount of caution will help. Your life depends entirely on the caution or stupidity of a dozen other people, and you can be sure there's plenty of stupid in that dozen.

The large number of local apartment fires continues, but now we have an example of something way beyond stupidity.
Spokane Shock linebacker Kevin Ellison, who is currently on league suspension, initially reported he had fallen asleep in his apartment at the Big Trout Lodge apartment complex while smoking. After the fire started, Ellison jumped from his third-floor apartment window to escape the fire.

During the initial investigation, Ellison told fire officials that he had fallen asleep while smoking in bed. However, the investigation found that the evidence found in the apartment did not match up to Ellison's version of events.

Ellison, 25, was re-interviewed at Deaconess Medical Center while being treated for smoke inhalation, and he confirmed that he set his bed on fire with a cigar because "God" had told him to.

He later said that he just wanted to get out of it and "for all of it to go away."

Investigators contacted Ryan Rigmaiden, the Spokane Shock general manager, who said that he was contacted by Ellison, who "told him that he had set his bed on fire using a 'blunt' because 'God' had told him to do it."

Finally got the straight story in the last paragraph.

Well, we don't need a picture or description of Ellison.
Linebacker + 'blunt' = Vibrant.
 


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