Currently, the days ahead we will try and rebuild a version of a normal life out of the ash of our old normal- and our main concern is only the ability to fund the clean up of the mess of the fire as well as a temporary place to stay, and most importantly provide ourselves with a doorway to a new stable home to reside, with necessary clothing and essentials so we can continue to go to work. Anything and every single thing by anyone is appreciated so immensely. Thank you again for hearing us.
*On September 18th, 2018 my family and I awoke to a living nightmare, just about 3am at our home in Vacaville. While we were all asleep, our home had somehow gone ablaze; with no connected smoke detectors due to remodeling on the home, no one was alerted to the danger as we each continued to sleep through it all. By chance, my boyfriend Kevin had woken up from an alarm clock for work 15 minutes early- to a roaring fire at our front door step. He immediately ran and woke up everyone in the house, as we scrambled to get through a crowded back door that was out of use. My brother, Alexander, was able to think very quickly out of a dead sleep and ran for the back for our garden hose. When we emerged from the smoke, we seen that our next door neighbor was already to our aid with his own garden hose, both acting quickly. Neighbors from over the fence called down for our attention, offering a fire extinguisher. After calling 911 and making sure everyone was out of the home, Kevin attempted to go back into the home to rescue our two kittens trapped inside. After just moments, he was only able to grab one before the VVFD came and alerted him he needed to flea to safety immediately.
First responders on scene, all we could do was watch as the fire tore through all what we knew as comfortable— praying that our family and our fur family would all make it out physically okay from this absolute disaster. As the flames flew in the reflection of the water on the ground, all we could do was weep. Some of us in no clothes, all of us in no shoes, barely out of the building for 2, maybe 3 minutes. In the wake of aching devastation, our neighbor came forward with a wet & singed but ultimately ALIVE and terrified kitten is his arms. One of the amazing fighters on the call had heard her meowing inside and pulled her from under a table, surely only feet from rippling flames. Luckily with our 2 dogs already rescued and seemingly upset but okay, we were able to focus on caring for our two kittens who were becoming lethargic from sleeping through inhaling smoke- trying to blow cleaner air into their mouths and desperately awaiting signs of recovery. Watching in horror as the fire team viciously tried to battle the harsh flame, we grew immediately thankful to be on the clear side of the smoke as we all started to realize the impossibly dangerous and terrifying situation we had only narrowly escaped in time. The impossible split second decisions and moments played back in our minds like a film reel over and over, tormenting us as we all settled to come to terms with what we’d just been through. The next several hours would consist of fire investigations and instensely digging to find what we could save, which sadly wasn’t much. While we are devastated by the loss, we are equally thankful just to have escaped with our family together. We don’t know for sure what lies ahead, but we know that we will hopefully prevail through it all and come out on the other side of things okay. You never know what was there all along until you have nothing at all.
We appreciate all the efforts from our community so incredibly and are so completely blessed to receive the kindness we’ve be given, even in result of this terrible day. We can never begin to express our gratitude to everyone who has been there for us in any way while we go through all of this.
-The Hernandez Family
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