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Family lost everything in Napa Fire

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Napa residents Julian and Craig Hall lost everything in the Napa Fire on 10/08/2017. Awakened by fire fighters at 10pm, they ESCAPED with only the clothes on their backs, their two dogs and cat. They didn’t have time to take both cars nor find a cell phone.

Craig and Julian would be the first to open their home to visitors, help friends whenever they could, and rescue dogs. Please find it in your heart to help them recover from this devastating loss. Julian and Craig have literally lost everything they have and must begin all over again. Thanks for your generosity and support.

I am Erin Fleming from South Pasadena, California. My best friend for 20 years is Julian and her husband Craig is like a brother to me. These funds will be spent on clothing, food, pet supplies, and temporary shelter until they can get into a permanent house. I am driving up to help with some elbow grease this weekend.

Julian and Craig will withdraw the funds as soon as they get settled into their hotel room. #atlasfire #napafire #2017







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Update: We are back in our home and although we are surrounded by devastation, we are one of the lucky ones. Due to the vast generosity of everyone involved, we've been able to make both physical and financial donations to those around us more heavily effected by this Fire. We donated along with some others to a local Farm workers Fund, Natural Disaster Relief Fund, a local Animal Rescue, as well as a local Church. Our community also pulled together in such an inspirational way, it's had a lasting effect on all of us living here. We can't thank everyone enough for the compassion you've all shown to us and our community. Happiest of Holidays to everyone...
Julian and Craig
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Amazing
Less than a foot from the house.
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House stands
Craig & Julian’s home standing far right
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10/16/17 :: I got back from Napa late yesterday morning. There are so many things to tell you. First I would like to thank every single person who donated on gofundme. I will have more info about those donations below.

I’d also like to thank Alex Arciniega, John Chamberlin, Lucinda Maestas, Debbie Lorraine Lenke, Nik James, and Diane Pirkl Lombard for loading up my car with their new donations and donations they collected from their friends of clothing, pet supplies, and gear. There was so much that Julian and Craig kept only the pieces they needed. We spent Friday night sorting and on Saturday we donated the rest on site. We donated to churches because we found out that there are farm workers who lost everything while prepping for the harvest up there. They are afraid of ICE and are not reaching out to the affluent community surrounding them for fear of being deported. We donated to churches and Goodwill in a neighborhood where there are more workers.

We also bought additional donations for Vintage Farm which is housing and caring for evacuated animals — everything from chickens to llamas. The Four H teens were working hard at Vintage Farms so fulfilling their requests for energy drinks, Powerade, and coconut water was the least we could do.

The winds picked up on Saturday so we could not try to check out the house. While the fire started last Sunday and Monday in their area, it was hot enough for the trees to be burning inside for days until they finally popped open and exploded crashing fire wherever they landed. One of their neighbors lost their home on Thursday (or maybe Friday as I’m fuzzy on some of the details) that very way. The fire moved so quickly, no water was dropped on the area. It was solely a rescue mission by the first responders. So these spot fires pop up quickly and even when a home was safe on Tuesday, it might not have made it through the week.

Initially Julian and Craig were told by several different authorities that all houses on their street were gone. Then they heard the three stood. Then they heard out of the three homes, two were unlivable. Then they heard about spot fires claiming more homes. It was an unbelievable shock to find their house standing completely unscathed. Not that the fire was nowhere near the house... it was. It got within 1’ of the house. The heat from the close flames melted the window gaskets but didn’t break the windows. There is no water damage to the structure because there were nobody fighting for the structures. The burn pattern goes in a perfectly straight line next to their wooden house and didn’t catch the low eaves on fire. Their neighbors next door lost everything. And the neighbor next to them lost everything, too. Many of their immediate neighbors have nothing. The wooden fences between the properties are gone... except for one dry old section of fence that Craig and Julian decorated with a large cross. It started to burn. But it went out. It went out.

Craig’s truck got so hot that the exterior rubber got soft even though the flames weren’t near it. Dry brush should have just combusted at that heat point. But on their property, it didn’t. Their fabric hammock is still there even though embers landed on it. One burned through it onto some low dry grass but that is it. Even the grass didn't ignite.

The family is grateful but still worse for the wear and stress. Their 16 year old cat Raven had two seizures at the hotel and Peanut the Pitbull injured her hip in the evacuation. They are getting the care they need. Pet Food Express donated some CBD oil to help the pets and so far, it's working. Sciatica on both sides from the stress took over Julian’s health as well.

Clearly something was protecting my friends. It was the most unbelievable sight I have seen. Even a local news crew was stunned that the flames were on their property, up to 1’ from the wooden house, and 10’ from their neighbors’ infernos. So they interviewed them. I am posting pictures and videos.

Regarding gofundme, it was a group effort. I’d like to thank Holly Tuesday for her help and her updates. Craig and Julian are coming up with a tally of what they used for their hotel and minimal necessities but it is less than what we raised. The way their friends, friends of friends, and some people they never even met came forward to help moved them. This campaign was shared over 500 Times on Facebook. They feel a responsibility to handle the donations how you would like them to. If you would like a refund of your monetary donation, please DM me. If you would like for it to go those effected by the fires, Julian and Craig will carefully vet where it will be donated so that it can help the largest amount of elderly and people in need who are underserved in this disaster.

Our blessings are abundant. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And thank you LaDawn Crystal Duvall for offering me a place to stay. Rolling in late on Friday and with the animals being in such on Saturday, I slept on the pullout couch at their hotel room.

Joanne Landucci and Paulette Presley thank you for ALL that you did as well. I’m glad that we were there for each other when our loved ones were trying to keep out of harm’s way. See you soon.

Lisabeth Pollyea Katz :: Your halloween hotel room decorations "made the place feel like home". Julian said that while hanging the plastic bat from the ceiling fan!

#napastrong #sonomastrong #santarosastrong #calistogastrong #thankyou #firstrespondersrock #northbayfires


10/11/17 :: Craig and Julian wanted to convey that they are so humbled for your generous support. More evacuations in Calistoga continue today and they remain at a hotel will looking for a permanent place. Any tips on housing in the Napa area that are willing to take 2 dogs, a cat, and a couple of punk rockers would be greatly appreciated. Please use the comments section for tips and just general messages as your kindness lifts them up. Thanks so very much from the bottom of my heart.
Erin
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