Fire Victims Clean Up

By: Auburn Hutton
By: Auburn Hutton

Some of the 40 families evacuated from their homes this weekend in the face of a raging brush fire are now returning to see what's left of their property.

While the flames are completely out, many families are still feeling the affects of Saturday's blaze.

Some are still without phone lines, hot water and heat, but for those who came close to losing everything, they're just glad to have each other.

Eric and Melissa Rasmussen surveying what's left of their shed that burned Saturday.

"I was here alone with my baby and I had three or four minutes to gather things up. I just grabbed my baby and left. I didn't get anything else," said Melissa.

They are hoping to salvage family photographs, keepsakes and sentiments they lost in the blaze.

"Unfortunately, a lot of those items are irreplaceable so we really can't get them back," said Eric.

The couple, who just moved into their home a few months ago, lost about seven thousand dollars in personal property.

"It burned our back fence, scorched the side of our house and melted our gas meter."

Insurance will cover some of the damage to their home and yard.

"Just value your family more than personal possessions I'd say. People get mixed up with material things too often."

"There's wire hanging down in back, that used to be my mountain bike.")

Eric says the shed was so full that he can hardly even remember all that he lost.

"The only thing you can do is deal with what's happened and move on. Considering what happened to other neighbors, we were really fortunate. We still have our house."

The Rasmussen's are staying with in-laws until their gas is turned back on. Many of the other homes are also still unoccupied.

Insurance agents recommend you take pictures of everything in your home and garage, including the contents of drawers, closets and cabinets to get pictures of what's inside.

Also, make copies of all of your important documents and store them, along with your photograph inventory--somewhere outside of your home.


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