I talked with six people that lost their house in a fire today. One in Steiner Ranch and six in Bastrop. Every last one of them shared one thing in common--thanks. They were all grateful to make it out alive and for their pets and the few precious items they could carry with them.
They made it out with their lives, and not much else.
Then comes the hard part, the time to rebuild.
None of them have been even allowed back it to sift through the ashes.
My heart broke for each of the families, and for the hundreds more I didn't meet. They'll be in my prayers tonight.
The wall of smoke was mountainous.
Look close enough and you can see the fire within the smoke a hundred feet high.
On Hwy 71 leading into Bastrop.
Hundreds of people gather at a gas station and wait and wonder.