Possessions are replaceable

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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Water trickles east down the zero block of High Street West as Moose Jaw firefighters battle a fire affecting the Jubilee Block on March 12. 

On March 10, Chris Hall came home to find a package had been dropped off at his apartment.

It turned out the package contained two water-dancing speakers he’d purchased online days before.

Hall was not only excited to try out his “new water jet speakers,” but wanted others to share in his excitement.

Therefore, he posted a 60-second video to his Facebook page featuring jets of illuminated water bouncing to the musical beat.

Two-and-a-half days later the speakers were gone, as were Hall’s other possessions.

They were destroyed in the fire that destroyed residences and businesses along the zero block of High Street West late Wednesday evening and into the early hours of Thursday morning.

Underneath the rubble, the remains that lie where the historical Jubilee Block once stood, are Hall’s speakers — burnt to a crisp.

He only had the chance to enjoy them for a couple of days, but that’s of small consequence. He’s alive, working and could even bring humour to his current situation.

In our story, “Twenty residents affected by blaze,” Hall’s father said about his son, “He’s not burnt and he’s not dead. I didn’t have to come to Moose Jaw to identify a body.”

We also posted the story on our Facebook page and Hall was the first to comment on the post.

His comment reads: “My father Eldon, also charged me 20 bucks and a case of beer to come make sure I was alright ... Parents lol (cheaper than the usual rate).”

Eldon Hall drove from Radville to check on his son.

You might expect Hall to be angry and distraught by the situation he now finds himself in.

However, when we spoke with him Thursday, neither frustration nor discouragement was etched on his face, or disposition.

Granted, Hall was one of 20 people affected by the Jubilee Block blaze.

His attitude toward what he’s now facing was different than other victims we spoke with, but he characterized someone who understands that only possessions were lost.

Some possessions, such as photographs, mementos and Hall’s water-dancing speakers, are invaluable to people.

Possessions can be replaced. Lives cannot.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: High Street West, Moose Jaw, Radville

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  • Donna Coker
    March 15, 2014 - 22:59

    I hope people see the severity of the situation and come forward to help find housing for the victims. Chris is only of a few that desperately needs housing! Chris has a full time job but needs a reasonably price accommodation that is long term. He has to wait for his damage deposit to be replaced so money is tight. Ironically he had booked to get fire insurance last Tuesday and his appointment was for Saturday (Mar 15) just three days after the fire! I have been trying to help him find housing but having no luck. I hope someone can find it in their hearts to help these people. They only have hotel accommodations till Monday morning. Chris may make light about losing his possessions but it has deeply affected him and his family.