I'm still in shock
My family's house burned down last night
- •This is a nightmare and I'll wake up soon
- •There was a bad storm last nightOne of those summer storms that stops as fast as it starts
- •My mom made my favorite tomato soupWe were getting ready for dinner, but never ate
- •Lightning struck around our houseA huge pop and sparks flew. We couldn't figure out where exactly it hit.
- •I went upstairsI wasn't feeling well and didn't think the lightning would amount to anything
- •A few minutes later I heard someone yell "fire"I put on my shoes and ran to the top of the stairs, not knowing what to expect
- •My mom and sister were screamingPutting leashes on the dogs. We couldn't look for the cats. We had to run.
- •We ran outThe garage windows were exploding and flames shot up. My dads left over 4th of July fireworks were in the garage. The loudest pops, cracks I've ever heard.
- •All we could do was scream and someone called 911
- •The firetruck finally cameAnd then another, and another, and another
- •There are no fire hydrants in our neighborhoodWe live in an out of the way neighborhood, all the houses are hidden down long driveways, surrounded by trees. Everyone uses well water. It was assumed in the neighborhood that they pump the lake to help put out fires, but that turned out to be impossible.
- •It burned for 2 hours before it was containedThey used what little water they could get. It felt like an eternity. My sister hyperventilated and they hooked her up to oxygen. My mom and I sat in chairs the neighbors brought out. All I could do was hold her hand.
- •We got out with the 2 dogsA fireman found 1 cat. 2 are still missing. I hate that we had to abandon them.
- •A couple kids wandered over and started taking picturesMy sister yelled at them and the neighbors told them to leave
- •I got lots of hugsOur neighbors, our pastor, people I didn't even know. Everyone was wonderful and did everything they could to help.
- •I took my phone and that's itYou think you'll grab all the important stuff, but you leave with what's on your back and in your hand. Im across town with my grandparents and our pets, everyone else is searching for the cats. I'm dealing with a flare up and can't move to help anyone, I've never felt so helpless and useless.
- •I fell asleep for about 2 hours this morningI saw the flames in my sleep
- •My parents' 30th anniversary is tomorrowI'm devastated for them.