It’s the time of year that puts firefighters on edge. This
is when we start heating our homes again and sometimes that leads to fires. A
house fire can start in a variety of ways and an Idaho Falls family is lucky to
be alive after an electrical fire ravaged through their home.
“When my husband came back in I was like get mom and dad’s picture
out of the house. That was the only thing I wanted out of my house was my
picture of my dad.”
What would you save if the walls and ceiling were coming
down because of a fire at your home? That’s the question Melissa Escobar had to
answer when a fire tore through their Idaho Falls home a few weeks ago.
“You never know what homeless feels like until you are
homeless,” said Escobar. “My mom is in Dillon, Montana, She sent me clothes. We
were able to get out a few of our children’s items but most everything is gone.”
The fire started sometime in the morning of October 23.
Melissa’s son woke up a few minutes before the alarm went off. He entered the bathroom
and the wall came down. He immediately alerted others of the situation and they
were able to get out alive but that was only the beginning of what has been a
“Wondering where you are going to be for the holiday season,”
continued Escobar. Wondering what you are going to tell your kids on Christmas
morning. Wondering where you are going to be on Christmas morning, how many
more times you are going to be shuffled from one hotel to another hotel. You just
don’t know what to tell your kids except for just have faith it will all work
Melissa says she wouldn’t wish this on anyone and she hopes
that others learn from this experience.
“Watch for the warning signs,” said Melissa. “Electrical
outlets that are shorting out, light switches that are shooting little sparks
behind them, watch for those signs. Get somebody out there to get it checked.
We never thought that a little zap from a plug would ever lead to this and yet
here we are in the first part of November and our house is history.”
It’s estimated that there was about $90,000 worth of damage
to the home. Melissa says they still owe $105,000 on the mortgage. The home was
insured but she says it won’t really kick in until everything is settled. In
the meantime, she is just trying to help this family of six get through the
best they can.
An account has been setup to help this family out. It’s at
Key Bank. Just ask for the Escobar Family Fire Fund.