I would like to express my sincerest thanks to all of you who are so determined to help!
I am constantly moved to tears when I realize, how many people are supporting me. Besides my friends, these are often people, whom I have only met briefly or whom I do not know at all. I have no idea how I will ever be able to return the favor. At present I am not doing too well, but your readiness to help is the most positive experience I have ever had and makes me hope that one day everything will be fine again. With this in mind: A big, big thanks to all of you!
A short update on the present situation: there is still no compensation for the damage on the part of any insurance. My own insurance company doesn’t pay because I have not caused the damage and neither the fire-starter nor his parents are third-party insured. A real disaster! I must not think of what this means. I have still not fully realized that basically everything was destroyed. Again and again I catch myself speaking about an item or starting off to get something from the garage and then I realize that this piece does no longer exist. The problem is that before the fire I spent most of my time in the garage. Many of my friends do not even know where I am actually living because we always met in the garage. Besides tinkering around with our cars we sometimes had a nice meal, some drinks and enjoyed the evening until late in the night. If my apartment had burned down instead of my garage, it would not have been that bad. But unfortunately the fire has consumed everything.
In the rubble of the building I have only found fragments of half of the 18 engines, in form of a crankshaft with conrods and – in the best case – piston pins. The 9 gearboxes were destroyed to loose cogwheels. The high temperatures reached due to the burning engines and gearboxes made the steel melt or burn down completely. I found a lot of cogwheels lying in the rubble but for example hardly any plungers or camshafts. My bicycle and my aluminum rims were reduced to nothing more than a few solidified aluminum puddles.
A big thank you, Andi