One Nebraska resident is crediting God after her home miraculously survived a wildfire raging through the west-central city of North Platte.
More than a decade ago, Tové Reiman and her husband, Brad, purchased their house — a dream home in the country — after spending years raising a family. When a fire, caused by a tree that hit a power line, started spreading, she was certain she would never see her safe haven again.
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The couple’s son, Thaddeus, is a volunteer with the Beaver City Volunteer Fire Department. He recalled telling his mom they had to leave the home, according to KNOP-TV.
In a cardboard box, Reiman collected the things she treasured most: family pictures and the urn containing her mother’s ashes. With that box and her cats in hand, Reiman left the house with her son — never believing there would be anything to return to.
Reiman said she looked back as they drove away from the home and saw a cloud of smoke engulfing her house. Despite flames surrounding the home — and leveling at least eight houses and 48 outbuildings — the fire never broke into Reiman’s residence.
Filled with gratitude, the homeowner said she believes part of what saved her home was the fact that she sprayed her dry yard with her water hose and doused as much of the outside of her house as she could as the wildfire moved closer.
Above all else, though, Reiman said she is grateful to God for protecting her home.
Aside from some soot on the inside of her house, a strong smell of smoke, and a power outage, Reiman said her home is in good condition.
“I want my power on, but I am grateful I have a home to have power restored to,” she said. “It’s a small price to pay for having a home to come home to.”
This past Saturday, Reiman returned to work as a 911 emergency dispatcher for the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office. Looking back, she said she’s grateful for the kindness of those around her who have helped one another amid the fire.
Please be in prayer for the Reiman family and for all those impacted by the wildfire in North Platte.
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