Wilton Manors Gay Couple Who Lost House in Fire Glad No One Was Injured
Last week, Barry Feinstein and David Gilmore had to explain to their three-year-old granddaughter Zoey what happened to her newly decorated lavender and pink bedroom.
Just after midnight on Jan. 31, two explosions coming from the carport startled the couple, quickly igniting a fire. The flames burned through the main wall that connected the carport to the house and spread through the attic — including little Zoey’s room.
“She has stayed with us every weekend since she was three weeks old,” Feinstein said. “We’re lucky she wasn’t with us that night.”
Neither Feinstein, 64, nor Gilmore, 60, was injured during the fire.
“The house was filled with noxious, black, boiling smoke belching everywhere,” Gilmore explained. “The interior of the house incurred water and smoke damage immensely, and the firemen had to break holes in the ceiling of every room to fight the fire in the attic.”
So far, officials are perplexed at what triggered the blaze and the cause is still under investigation.
Despite the extensive damage, the couple is upbeat and taking the incident in stride.
“We lost nothing important, nothing heartfelt. We were able to rescue everything. It was just fire and smoke damage,” Gilmore said. “After [the fire department] covered the house in foam, we almost threw a foam party afterwards.”
The two credit the quick response of the police, as well as the Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors fire departments.
“The police and fire department could not have been any nicer or more cooperative,” Feinstein said. “We were so pleased.”
Thanks to a realtor neighbor, the couple has settled into a rental while they make repairs to their damaged home, and continue to stay positive as they deal with the aftermath.
“We have been together 34 years, wherever Barry and I are together is home,” Gilmore said. “That is just a house.”