Neighbors, Family Help Save Homes in White City Fire

Neighbors and family came together in one neighborhood in White City and kept the blaze from engulfing several houses in the fire's path.

Posted: Jul. 5, 2018 8:45 PM
Updated: Jul. 5, 2018 11:35 PM

WHITE CITY -- A wildfire in White City Thursday afternoon burned down multiple structures, but some homes were saved as a result of neighborhood teamwork.

James Anderson raced to help his father-in-law and brother-in-law save their homes from the blaze.

“I was supposed to meet my father-in-law on Atlantic and I turned on Atlantic and there was a building on fire on Atlantic," Anderson said, "I realized it was traveling across the field, so I knew I needed to hurry and get over there.”

Monette McDonald lives a couple houses down and saw the flames out her window.

“I was in my kitchen cooking and I look out my living room window to see our field, which is next door, just blazing across," McDonald said.

Anderson said he was driving 45 miles per hour alongside the flames and the fire was moving as quickly as he was.

“The fire was intense and it traveled quickly. I never knew how fast fire could travel until today," Anderson said.

McDonald's family lost their field, but their house was spared thanks to the help of Anderson and others.

“I was just moving grass and dirt away from all the structures to keep the fire from jumping across and just moving across and getting it away from buildings," Anderson said. 

Residents are just thankful the community support helped them keep their animals, homes, and families safe.
“Every single person in this neighborhood showed up to help each other. People from the next road over helped each other," McDonald said, "It touched our hearts that we got so much help.”

“I’m so happy my brother-in-law’s house didn’t burn down, my father-in-law’s and my shop," Anderson said, "It’s all in the good Lord’s hands and it worked out."

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