In some cases on The Burning House, people said they would grab more than 20 small items. Others include more personal stories to explain why, in a smoldering building, he or she might rescue a particular stone or book.
As a child I watched a neighbor's house burn to the ground, and since then I've always known that my own list would be short. The one most in line with my own thinking came in a list focused on family members, pets, and passports (Image 2).
Maybe most refreshing was an entry where the person explained, "I wondered [sic] around my house, looking at the ornaments and memories that filled it. I collected a few things, even photographed them. But somehow they didn’t seem to fit together. And then I looked down, at my feet, and realized that all I needed or wanted to ‘save’ from the burning house was me" (Image 3).
Images: The Burning House