It's a sad day for me. Before I mention the heartbreaking news let me say that no one was hurt, my grandmother passed away years ago, and her house was sold soon after she died. The sad news is that last night her house was destroyed by fire. (If you click the Multimedia tab you can see more pictures.) (This article shows the "before" picture.)
This house was the "home base" for my mom's family for at least three generations. We visited every year. It was my home-away-from-home while I went to college in Minnesota. Eau Claire has never felt the same since my grandmother died but at least the house was there as a reminder. The news articles don't mention that on the other three corners of this intersection there are three more beautiful (even bigger), landmark historic homes. How will we ever be able to face that intersection without Nana's house?
I know that there are many worse things that could have happened. My heart goes out to the people, mostly students, that lost everything including their home. I know that it's just a house and that a house doesn't replace a family, or a memory. But it's still sad, very, very sad.