Saturday, February 28, 2009

It Started With a Phone Call

"My friend, Hannah, says there's a fire by our house," my sister said about my father's house in Bastrop County. I've talked about my sister before. She's 26 in years but about half that mentally and half of even that emotionally. Shame on her friend for scaring her. It's just a brush fire. No biggie. Still, maybe I should call my brother and check. After all, my father and sister had only just driven up this morning. They couldn't very well turn around and go back to Smithville, now could they?

Then my brother called back. He had grabbed the dog and cat and was overcome with smoke before he could get anything else. He barely escaped before the flames charged the hilltop and consumed the house and his patrol car.

Just like that. My father's house is gone. 650 acres and counting.


E.C. Henry said...

MaryAn, hard to follow post. Are you saying your house burned down?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Sorry. I cleared the post up a little. Running on adrenaline. My father's house burned to the ground. One brother and one sister lived there.

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Oh, and of course, my father lived there, too. Working with Red Cross right now. Fortunately, I have some disaster recovery experience.

E.C. Henry said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your father's loss, my thoughts and prayers go to him and you as you undoubtably are going through a tough time.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Mike Scherer said...

sending best wishes and prayers to you and yours.


Grubber said...

Very glad to hear they got out okay Maryan. We just had worst bushfires in Oz history. 200+ dead.

Houses aren't worth much without the people to fill them.

I hope they get it under control soon.

Best wishes.

MaryAn Batchellor said...

How horrible, Dave. Darn right though. My family is alive. My dad's guitar can be replaced. Last night, they said 80% under control.

Unk said...


Glad nobody was hurt. I was the victim of arson once and my house also burned to the ground. Lost everything.

It AIN'T FUN. Glad you're there for them.