The night of the fire she "received a phone call from our assistant vice president of finance, John Knight, at 2 a.m.," like many other employees in her office. After the fire Seal says, "the first month I spent at least 10 extra hours here each week. We were located on the lower floor, so we received mostly water damage or damage from the ceiling tiles falling on our workstations. Probably 95 percent of the papers on our desks were completely unsalvageable. I spent a month drying out my paperwork whether it was in binders or hanging files."
Seal says the recovery continues to this day: "We are still making copies of water soaked (then dried) papers today and will probably continue for some time."