So...the plan was to pick up the kid, take him to do laundry, bring him home, feed him, take him back to his apartment. He'd texted yesterday that he was just lonely, but thought his paycheck would pay the rent, his roommate had a job interview, and he'd been looking...it was okay. Today I wake up to missed calls and panicked texts... HIS APARTMENT BUILDING HAD A FIRE! The neighbor apparently fell asleep while heating up oil on the stove and caught her apartment on fire! After midnight, my son and his roommate heard the smoke alarm go off - they were still up, thank God! When the alarm didn't go off after a minute, he opened thee door and saw smoke billowing under her door. He banged on her door and she woke up and ran thru and down the stairs screaming to call 911. They managed to grab their shoes and coats and get out. Everyone was safe, the downstairs neighbors got out too, and the Red Cross put them up in a hotel for a few days. He went back just a few minutes ago and got some clothes. He said his hands turned black picking up things. We're going to take them some groceries and rolls of quarters to do laundry. He does not know if the fire marshal will allow the building to be occupied. He said that the ceiling tiles are black and his bathroom needs work, the blinds are bowed from the heat, but the rest of his apartment is just smoke damaged. He only has a few hundred dollars from the Red Cross to do the hotel, so it's all wait and see for a few days. Well, I guess don't have to worry about him wanting to talk today. He doesn't want to come over or go to his grands tomorrow...just stay in the hotel and sulk. I don't blame him. At the moment he has no job, no apartment, no money and no plan. And for a change, at least part of it isn't his fault. Good Lord. At least no one was hurt. Jabber just said, "Thank God our kid has a tendency to stay up all night...if they'd been asleep..." They may not have woken up in time. The neighbor had slept through the smoke alarm...they may have as well. I'm more than a little shaken by that. Like most of my life with him, we're back to the "wait and see" phase.