Rebuilding After House Fire Tragedy
My stepmom, Shirley, grabbed the dog and ran out first. My dad, Richard went back in to yell upstairs for my step brother, Will, to wake up because he was taking a nap. Shirley became frantic and started screaming and crying to wake her son from outside of the house.
Thankfully, he woke up when he did, but it was not quick enough to walk down stairs and walk out unscathed. He awoke in a panic (in his underwear), running into the hallway to be greeted with thick black smoke and intense heat coming up the stairwell. Will then ran into another bedroom and looked down from the second story. The only way out was to jump. He took a moment to get his bearings and calculate a landing. He chose to leap onto the air conditioner below (in a hope to break his fall), cutting his foot and then hitting the ground hard. Shivering, he was picked up by his family and moved away from the house. A kind neighbor gave him a jacket and pair of pants to wear while he waited for the ambulance.
The chaos that ensued after would last until the days end at midnight. My dad, Richard had smoke inhalation, singed the hair on his hands and head, and had minor burns. Will had very bad back pain and had to wait at least two hours before receiving any treatment at the hospital. Meanwhile, Shirley was watching her home burn to the ground and talking with police.
When the evening was all said and done, Will walked away with a scraped foot and no serious physical injuries. But, emotionally my family’s lives will never be the same. They lost everything. Every picture, memory, important paper, their clothes, and their shelter, but not their faith. By the end of the evening the house was left in a pile of rubble.
We all understand how blessed we truly are that no one was harmed and I can’t express my gratitude enough for that. They are currently living with Shirley’s sister and now have to start the process of rebuilding their lives.
They have nothing. Please consider donating any amount, even 1$ will make a difference. They need basic things like clothes, shoes, toothbrushes, deodorant, and other things one needs on a daily basis.
It would mean the world to my family and I if you could find it in your heart to help someone in need and shed a little light on such a dark time in our lives.
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