Letter: Fire department’s ‘C shift’ saved our house

To the Editor:

About 12:39 a.m. on Oct. 15, our younger dog, Ringo, started barking. I was sure it was an animal or neighbor getting home late. I told him to settle down, and he unwillingly complied.  Then, at about 1:30 a.m., he was insistent. Get up. Now!

I noticed what I thought were the upstairs hall lights on, and I panicked. Someone broke in our house! I jumped out of bed to call 911. Heart racing. Then I noticed the flashing lights outside.  What was happening? I gingerly opened the bedroom door. Oh. My. Gosh. I could not believe my eyes: A 30-40 foot plus wall of flames.

The neighbor’s house was completely engulfed immediately on the other side of our driveway.  

My husband was away on business, and I started yelling to the dogs. I ran downstairs astonished by the horrific scene. My next thought was, “Pants.” Back upstairs, I quickly threw on clothes and called 911 to see what to do. They told me they did not know the whereabout of our neighbors (I honestly thought they perished) and to stay put.

The first responders would come get me if needed. Not two minutes later they arrived. I grabbed the dogs and started driving away.

Another neighbor, Sue, was already outside and immediately waved me down. We watched the blaze from the safety of her home.

I am so incredibly grateful to the C Shift of the Ridgefield Fire Department. There is no doubt they saved our home from damage. Everyone was so respectful, kind, patient, professional and wonderful. I was told there was one lone caller to 911. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I truly believe you saved us.

The outpouring of support from the Rainbow Lake community has been really touching. Lucky we live Wataba!

Lynn Amler

Lake Road, Oct. 17

Editor's note: The cause of Monday's fire on Lake Road has not yet been determined, according to Fire Chief Jerry Myers. The investigation into the blaze remains open, he told The Press Wednesday afternoon.