What do you say when the apartment complex you’re featured on teevee news complaining is being built too close to gravesites bursts into flames the very next day? “I don’t think anything I said was incendiary,” feng-shui expert and holistic-life-coaching grad student Trisha Keel tells Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg, the day after the 368-unit Axis Apartments burned to the ground. “Although I’m a passionate person about this city,” she adds.
Keel, who runs a blog featuring feng-shui no-nos she encounters around town, had posted pics showing graves in the Magnolia Cemetery just steps away from north-facing ground-floor patios of the complex at 2400 West Dallas St. Among the dead: members of the Bammel, Wortham, and Halliburton families. “The dead are NOT good neighbors!” she wrote on her blog and Tumblr underneath the photo reproduced at top. “Their decaying energy feeds off your vital life force. Do not live among the dead.” Then she brought her complaints to the mayor’s office to complain. And a reporter at TV station KHOU.
But she’s no firestarter: “If what I said in that hyped-up 20-second video inspired someone to go commit such a heinous act of arson and destruction, then, lord, I regret that. It’s just awful,” she tells Falkenberg. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but witness reports have focused on the possibility that it began after a welding accident on the roof.
Keel does have some healthy-living advice for would-be renters of the Axis Apartments if they do get rebuilt, or whatever gets put up in their place: “If you move into a home that is part of a structure that has been wounded like this, set on fire and burned to nothingness, then hateful energy has scarred that structure. It’s kind of like when you walk into a room and two people have had a big fight and they’re not saying a word and you go ‘am I interrupting something?’ That energy is real. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.”
- Apartment building opponent appalled by fire [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Unbelievable But Real – Just Say No! [Feng Shui Fun On The Run]
- Montrose complex built feet away from century-old headstones [KHOU]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Sorry Scene on West Dallas St., the Morning After the Axis Apartments Fire; Here’s That Dramatic Video of the Last-Second Rescue at the Axis Apartments; The Axis Apartments Under Construction on West Dallas and Montrose Are on Fire Now
Photos: Trisha Keel (graves); Linda Rojas (fire)