As early as Thursday, March 22nd, my husband started calling 911, & even a branch of the Forest Service to find out what was going on.....same answer every time....”oh Mr. Larson, don't worry, it is a controlled burn”. So, me being the trustworthy & believes everything someone says type person, I believed them. I worked on Monday, suppose to be a double, but my boss said he heard on his police scanner that there was an uncontrolled burn going on somewhere in Jeffco.....he came in at 130.....I left work because my boss thought maybe I should go check things out...I said sure, just wanting to leave......I wasn't the least bit concerned.....I got home around 330, made dinner, a great dinner....meatloaf....mmm, mmm, good....dang it, it is still in the oven...I then went upstairs to do some ironing because we were leaving for Florida the next day.
I was ironing, when Bill & Shawn got home from work. They both felt the fire looked a little nastier, so Shawn left around 430, & Bill called 911, Forest Service, Fire Dept & even 9 News.....”everything is fine Mr. Larson”....same old answer. Well, Mr. Larson felt things were not fine & started taking pictures. I thought he was being a little silly.....???
At about 510, we got a big bang on our front door. It was our neighbor, whom I never met, & he said, "you guys gotta get out, the firemen just came to my house”, (he was renting John Campbell's house}…Bill came in the house, & said, "sweetie we gotta go"...of course I said, "I don't wanna go"....he said, "grab the house papers & the dogs, & let's get out of here”.....so, I ran upstairs, grabbed the house papers, & took all my beautiful ironed clothes, threw them in a suitcase, ran downstairs, grabbed the dog cages, and got in the car, only to turn back to our incredible view & see the flames upon our deck.
Yes, we got out.....& thankfully most of our neighbors did as well, but What if???? I think our neighbor saved our life...I found out his name is Justin, & hopefully someday I can thank him in person.
We have cleaned up our rubble.....finding only 1 or 2 distinguishing items. We hauled away about 114, 000 lbs of scrap. My husband is taking this pretty hard. Built the house himself. Pounding every one of those nails himself, but, life goes on. We are leasing a loft in downtown Denver! Yes, culture shock, but I really love it.....I have met some great people & I like having people & the kids so close by. Shawn’s house/cabin/& barns were spared, so he is living back up there, & the girls just brought the horses back up on Wed........
So, all in all, things are good.....not sure where tomorrow will take us, but I just put one foot in front of the other, & go forward. There will always be the memories, & we did have 22 years of those. The girls miss it & they really loved our home.
I will close for now, but plz keep us posted on the meeting. I work some weird hours at the airport, so I may not be able to make all the meetings, but I will try when I am off.
Thanks for keeping me informed.....I think of you & David often, & my thoughts are prayers go out to you.
With love,Mo Larson
PS....I don't sleep much anymore, so I am up early, but I do get a lot accomplished!Take care.........