Updated: 05/15/2013 8:21 PM
Created: 05/15/2013 8:07 PM WDIO.com
It was a night of watching, waiting, and worrying for folks evacuated during the Germann Road Fire on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, some found out good news. Their homes and cabins had been spared.
Jim and Dorothy Lundgren knew Tuesday night they were OK. When we asked why they thought their property was unscathed, Jim told us this: "Just not being close to brush and stuff. We were out in the open, you know. Not a lot of woods. Some of our neighbors' houses are gone though."
Jim and Julie Johnson were not so lucky. They lost their home of 25 years. Despite this, they said they are fortunate no one got hurt, and said they have their faith to get them through this. They were able to grab their pets, some baby pictures and a wedding album before flames took over their property near Ellison Lake.
"The support has been overwhelming. We have offers to stay at 15 places at least. We will rebuild, and we have insurance. We are grateful for so many people reaching out to us," Julie said.
The Red Cross opened an emergency evacuation center at the Drummond High School on Tuesday night. About 60 people registered, although only about 30 spent the night.
"Remarkably, spirits have been high," said Kirk Douglas, a volunteer with the Red Cross. "People are trying to figure out what comes next."
The center will remain open Wednesday night, through the night.
Eyewitness News noticed that the fire was extremely close to some structures, but did not overtake them. Firefighters battled to save 77 of them. 47 were lost, including 17 homes.
For information about your property, you can call: 715-376-4185
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