#2,852 When the Smoke Clears.
by Erin Napier
This afternoon at 1:00, I stood in shock with our friends and neighbors watching as Cafe La Fleur–one of Laurel’s most beloved longtime downtown restaurants, along with our friends’ upstairs apartment was burning, smoke billowing from the windows. I never felt so helpless in my life. Watching Landon and Matt, hands over their mouths each staring at something different–one his home and the other his business, as fire fighters rushed in and out working frantically to stop it. I cried walking back to the car, feeling so heartbroken for them as they watched their losses happening in an instant, without a warning.
Today was one of those days you pray never happens to you. In a matter of minutes we watched friends lose their home, we watched neighbors lose their business. It happened so. dang. fast. I also saw first responders jump into action and take control of a potentially devastating situation, and I watched a community come together and support hurting people. Sure we have a lot of cool businesses (new and old) in Downtown Laurel, but the faces behind those businesses are some truly spectacular people. It may take a minute, but things will be repaired and things will be replaced, and the big win of the day is that all our friends are safe. #wearelaurel #downtownlaurel #ittakesavillage
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Thanks be to God for everyone’s safety. As we know more about plans to help the Bryants and Flowers recover, I’ll share them here.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!