|My neighbor's house|
The electricity was out so we grabbed out cell phones and wandered downstairs to find the dogs leashes and the cat carrier. The house was filled with smoke and all I could hear were people yelling to get out. I was able to find my cat Olivia, but couldn't find my other cat. I somehow found superhuman strength and literally threw the guest bed against the wall to find my other cat before we had to evacuate. At one point I started freaking out and my husband firmly told me, "I need you to pull yourself together." After that I was fine. I didn't know how I was fine. I talked to myself out loud and said, "Katie, everything is ok. God, please watch over us." It was like a mantra.
We had 10 minutes to get everything out. Mr. Bee managed to pull the garage door open so I could get my car out. I grabbed my jewelry box, my photos and my laptop. I had somehow gotten my Ugg boots on, a pair of jeans and a black shirt. I didn't have time to take anything else.
|Where I walk my dogs|
I called Mr. Bee and told him we should go to one of the hotel properties I work for which is pet-friendly and one town over. We got there and checked in, then watched the news until the dog daycare opened at 6am. After dropping off the dogs we both went to work. Working just seemed like the best thing to do.
|On the other side of my house|
Everything was completely charred as I drove up, and then I made a left on my street. There were four houses across the street from me that had completely burned. All that was left was the frame. The owners had just driven up to what was left to their houses. I burst into tears. I turned the corner to my cul de sac and saw my house was still standing. I broke down in my car and cried until my husband got there too. Our front door was open and we walked inside to see that everything was still intact. There was plenty of smoke and ash, but everything was still there. I was astounded - so grateful and so sad for my neighbor's that lost everything. There is no rhyme or reason why my house is still there.
Thank you all for your prayers, texts and tweets, they meant the world to me.
Here's a quick video of my house and where my neighbor's houses burned. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.