Oak St. Fire- Starting anew at Luv-A-Rug

On Saturday April 26th, 2008 at around 11:30 pm there was a fire at 3347 Oak St. Victoria, B.C., the home of Luv-A-Rug. Luv-A-Rug was one of the luckier businesses in the complex, we only sustained structural, smoke and water damage. Luv-A-Rug has moved to 455 Beta St (off Alpha St.)Victoria BC 250-590-6210/ 800-886-2802

I don’t deal well with tragedy. I keep everything inside and get the job done, then one day I lose it over something small and stupid. There is no hiding from this though. I have to perform my duties when I really want to just run away and pretend it didn’t happen. I am sure that my boss feels the same way. As much as I want to rant and rave about how humans react to tragedy it wouldn’t do me any good. I would just be taking my frustration out on you and that is not professional.

I started at Luv-A-Rug almost exactly one year ago and now it is gone and I am sad. I am crying as I write this and that is the reason why I didn’t want to write this blog-ever!. I hate crying, I hate feeling most emotions. I was taught that emotions do you no good, I wish I was a robot.

Sorry I am very random and don’t want to write this blog, but I feel that I owe it to my boss to at least pretend that I can handle this. This should not be a problem, it is just a huge bump in the road and it is overcomeable (a new word for the day).

Luv-A-Rug was at 3347 Oak St for 22 years. We only got minor damage, but the other businesses were completely totaled. I feel very selfish for not mentioning them sooner. As you will see in the pictures a lot of people have a lot of rebuilding to do and I wish them the best.

This is the first fire to really affect my life and I am sure it is as well for other’s who worked in the building.









From the back of the building you would never know anything had happened to the building. ¬†With Victoria being a small city there is a lot of community support and everyone was understanding that they couldn’t get their rugs back for a few weeks. My tears have seemed to have subsided for now and I don’t know what else to say. I guess I could say out of the ashes the phoenix will rise. So I now say good-bye to the place where I have worked for only a year, but has been a fixture in Victoria for two decades.



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