Boy – size 6 pants and shirt, size 2 shoes and lost all his toys, he walked out barefoot
Adult female – 2X shirt, 38 pants, size 9.5 shoes
Adult female – medium shirt, 34 pants, size 8.5 shoes
Adult male – XL shirt, 30/32 pants, size 10.5 shoes
If you want my street address, send me a PM and thank you. The family is staying in a hotel while they look for a new home.
Regarding donations…if you want to send a check,make it out to my name so I can cash it and give it to the family. The money I’ve collected was going to be spent on clothing, household goods, etc. but I think they need the cash for rent and utilities in order to get started again. People are being so kind and donating furniture, clothing, etc. but they need rent money too. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll meet with the adult daughter and find out more information.
Last night,just before 5:00 I opened the back door for the dogs to go outside and, as usual, I always step onto the porch and sweep the valley…just in case. Last night, I noticed black smoke rolling from behind the nearest neighbor’s house. That neighbor lives about 1/2 mile away and, at first, I thought he might be burning brush. But the smoke was black and brush smoke is white. I grabbed the telephone and called Daniel, our Fire Chief and left a message on his voice mail. Understand now, the house wasn’t on fire as in the above photo…it was simply black smoke pouring from the far side and difficult to see. I walked on down the driveway, binocs in one hand, phone in the other and my unrest rising quickly and considerably. I told Daniel’s machine, “I might be crazy but I think Russell’s house is on fire” and hung up quickly.
Then, I called another neighbor and as soon as he answered the phone I said, “Russell’s house is on fire!” and hung up so I could call 911. I dialed 911, told them Russell’s house was on fire and the woman knew, almost immediately, where the house was located. It took only one sentence to make it completely clear. I gave her my name and said, “not all our firefighter’s have pagers, I have to make other calls!” then started calling other firefighters and leaving messages for them.
When I arrived, I took photos from the road where I also assisted Morgan and Ashley with directing traffic. I let two cars go by before it dawned on me…DONATIONS! So, every vehicle that passed, I would flag them down and say, “the people and animals got out alive but they lost everything; please donate.” Most people did and some folks, from a neighboring fire station, stayed to help. Eventually, Thompson Valley Volunteer Fire Department was called in and they brought two more trucks plus a pick-up outfitted with specialized gear.
Believe it or not, not all of the Cove firefighters have gear so I’m in process of writing a local grant,
asking begging for money to buy gear for all our firefighters. Some of the men were even sharing gloves!