Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Help after fire

EDITOR:

On July 13, a grass fire destroyed my home and garage with a small apartment for my daughter and a 24-foot-by-26-foot canopy holding antiques back to 1856, my 2006 car and my daughter’s 2003 car on Oak Hill Road.

Thanks to the fire departments it did not destroy any other homes or spread to the Consumnes River canyon. We did have a defensible area of 30 feet, but it quickly spread to five acres. Helicopters and air strikes helped to hold it back, but nothing saved our home of 43 years.

The community and churches have helped us immensely. Our neighbors, Ken and Clara Cardwell have given us an RV trailer to live in plus so much more. The Bayside Church brought in dumpsters and we had a cleanup day with 20 people helping. The Seventh Day Adventist Church donated volunteers. So many have given food and clothes as we only had the clothes on our backs. Many have taken our burnt animals. We did lose my 15-year-old Chihuahua (Taco) and my daughter’s Chihuahua puppy (Sirnba) and two bigger dogs, along with my grandson’s Chihuahua puppy (Precious), and also many cats and kittens, both feral and tame.

The American Red Cross responded with a motel room for two nights and some money but there have been so many disasters lately that they are limited in disaster funds. If you can help them even with $10, it would be greatly appreciated by so many. Even a Senior Bible Study Group from Folsom helped us with clothes and money.

Because of limitations in space I can’t thank everyone individually but the Pierson family, Sherri Hall and many others really came through for us.

My parents, Wickmans, moved to El Dorado Hills in the early 60s. I graduated from American River College in Placerville and attended CSUS. All of my children — David, Darin, Deanna and Detra Morse Mickelson, and grandson, C.J. Faircloth — attended area schools including Gold Oak, Pleasant Valley, El Dorado and Union Mine High School.

I love this county and will rebuild, although I am retired and partly disabled and my husband, Sam, passed away five years ago after 43 years of marriage. If you can donate any
building materials it would be appreciated. Call David at 530-391-9659. And thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have helped. We love you all and God Bless you all.

We lost our home once before to fire 30 years ago. Fire does strike twice. The Red Cross really helped us then but now we have no insurance and this time we lost it all.

SYLVIA MORSE
Placerville

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