• Steven and Justina Sunderland wait under blankets on their deck at 279 Black Oak Drive in Sapphire as firefighters battle a Dec. 17 blaze there that did extensive damage and claimed the life of one of their two cats. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    Steven and Justina Sunderland wait under blankets on their deck at 279 Black Oak Drive in Sapphire as firefighters battle a Dec. 17 blaze there that did extensive damage and claimed the life of one of their two cats. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Couple thanks comminity for support following terrible Sapphire fire

Letter to the Editor

Editor:

’Twas the week before Christmas and all throughout the house, was the sound of crackling fire and a dense wall of black smoke.

Out onto the raised deck we bounded clad in only PJs, anxiously awaiting sounds of screaming firetrucks.

You know, aside from humor, we found ourselves in a life and death struggle, our house on fire and us stranded on our deck, shivering with bare feet. By the time the trucks arrived, it was getting hard to breathe and they went quickly to work extinguishing the flames. They said it would be safer to go out through the house than down the ladder. That night soon became surrealistic, like a Salvadore Dali painting with things melting.

For something this catastrophic right before Christmas, could be quite devastating. If not for the acts of love and compassion shown to us by so many, I really don't know how we could have endured one more loss!

From the firefighters of Cashiers and Toxaway digging a grave and burying our cat, Fire Chief Randy Dillard putting us up at the Hampton Inn, a new neighbor offering their home to us while they would be visiting family during the holidays, Mica's Restaurant gave us discounts on meals, our Sapphire Post Office giving us a nice care package of everything pecans and our insurance company USAA for taking care of everything. The list goes on.

The night of the fire, I went to Ingles for a few supplies and found my credit cards were missing and the manager/firefighter took care of my bill. I haven't cried in a long time, but everytime I think of this community outpouring of love, my eyes are fountains.

So thank you Cashiers, thank you Sapphire, thank you Toxaway, y'all have gone out of your way in helping us survive this calamity.

And I pray the peace that Christ brings to us from his birth remain with you all throughout this New Year!

Steven and Justina Sunderland

Sapphire

 

Crossroads Chronicle

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