I know a bunch of you are angry that the building burned, but you can't blame the owner. These things happen and as much hindsight as you want to put into it and point fingers, you won't fix what is broken.
Jerry Rubin and River Oaks Properties suffered a set back when the building burned. It's not a good thing for their insurance premiums and it's complicates any deals where that property was part of a leveraged real estate portfolio. I can guarantee nobody over there was high-fiving thinking about some huge insurance payout - it's likely it won't be the boon you think it is. In these cases it almost never is.
What Rubin did after the disaster was much more grownup than what the local politicos did. He gave $100,000 to the EPFD equipment fund. This benefits everyone.
Better equipment means better firefighters - better first responders. Better first responders means YOU are in better hands in an emergency. That's never a bad thing.
Firefighters like a pat on the back and good "thank you" like anyone else does. However, giving them the money to make them safer and more effective at their job is probably the best "thank you" of all.
John Wesley Hardin has bigger problems to worry about than his office burning. As my dad would say - because he's the king of these jokes - "we know what the last thing going through Hardin's mind was, and it wasn't his office."