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The window was stuck. ‘We’re going to get out of here, I need you to be brave. You can do this, I’m right here.’: Family adopts minimalists lifestyle after losing house in fire

“My husband left for work. I was washing bedding and changing diapers. I was worried about the power bill, so I spread all the blankets out across the giant banister in our early 1900s home. I had done this dozens of times. I went upstairs to check on the boys, heard the laundry chime, and went to switch it. Opening the door, I immediately saw flames and smoke climbing the stairs. I quickly realized, we were trapped.”

‘I screamed, ‘We have guys trapped!’ I crawled out and ran while being burned alive.’: Man describes ‘pain, misery’ after surviving life-threatening burns working as firefighter

“The driver accidentally veered off the road. We crashed into a steep ravine, and were engulfed in flames. I immediately knew, I’d have to run through the fire and get burned. I chose to run. I crawled up the ravine and ran as fast as I could, screaming for my buddies. Sadly, my buddies never made it.”

‘Unsafe and idiotic,’ is how they described it. I was hurt. I cried heavy tears all night.’: Mom insists ‘evil will not win’ after neighbor confronts her about memorial for her late son

“This neighborhood has been such a safe space for me since my son died. But this is heartbreaking. Each year on the anniversary of my son’s death, we hold a small memorial for him. Last night, I had a confrontation with our neighbors, a husband and a wife, who threatened to ‘report’ us if we do our memorial this year.”

‘Mommy, what’s wrong?’ I held her face in my hands and brought her eyes to mine. ‘Baby, there was an accident. Daddy died this morning,’ I whispered to my 12-year-old daughter.’

“The Fire Chief was suddenly on my doorstep. ‘I needed to get to you before you heard it somewhere else.’ I was approached by another firefighter. ‘Does your daughter have a phone?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied. ‘You need to go get her at school right now. It’s already in the news. His name and everything.’”

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