So the building next to us burned down today: http://durangoherald.com/article/20110406/NEWS01/704069878/0/s/Building-burns-on-historic-Greene-Street-in-Silverton
I was walking to the brewery at about 7:45 AM and saw the smoke; by the time I got there the first fire engine was already parked in the street. Eventually we had five trucks spraying water - both Silverton units (all volunteers, by the way) plus two from Durango and one from Ouray. Even then it took them eight hours to get it extinguished. Apparently they were able to save our building from any major fire damage, but they cut the power to the entire block, so the sump pumps wouldn't have been running the entire time they were pumping water onto the roof, and I'm all but certain the basement brewery flooded as a result. No one, tenants or firemen, was hurt, so at least there's that. I'd assume we'll have smoke damage as well.
I think it's mostly a formality, but there will be an arson investigation, so I can't enter the building until the Sheriff's office executes a search warrant, and they tell me that will be tomorrow afternoon. So at this point there's absolutely nothing I can do, and I don't even know how bad the damage is. We had several thousand dollars worth of grain inventory in the building, so at best we'll have lost that. At worst we'll have structural damage and then who knows what.
Sorry for the rambling post. I've had several beers throughout the day today. I'll probably have several more. For at least the next 16 hours, that's about all I can do. I'm not looking for sympathy or anything, I'm just sitting at home unable to think about anything else - and the bar burnt down, so I don't have anywhere else to go.