(L-R) Wylie Stock Cummings, Emily Stock, Amelia Stock Cummings, Roscoe Stock Cummings and Kelsey Cummings.

(L-R) Wylie Stock Cummings, Emily Stock, Amelia Stock Cummings, Roscoe Stock Cummings and Kelsey Cummings.

Kelsey Cummings, Emily Stock and their children Amelia, Wylie and Roscoe evacuated from their home in Wikiup

Amelia Stock Cummings: The night started off really weird because our power actually went out at around 8:00 pm. It was out for around two hours and then we all went to sleep, well tried to go to sleep. Something felt uneasy I guess.

Emily Stock: I fell asleep around 11:30 pm and clearly there was a fire burning somewhere, but it didn’t feel immediate. But then we got a reverse 911 call at 1:30 am.

Kelsey Cummings: I got back in bed and sat for a little while and I think like half an hour later another call went out and at that point it was like "Yeeeah." You could hear propane tanks exploding.

ASC: You could see the fire coming down really, really fast. So we skedaddled. I had to go in the opposite direction on the freeway and I got very discombobulated...we were going to my dad's work and the whole drive there, it didn't feel right.

“I think emotionally I grew a lot that week. I don’t know how much of it shows, but I know it’s in my brain. And I came home and I threw a bunch of stuff away. That might seem weird, but I came home, and I just looked in my room, and I said, ’Oh, I don’t need most of this,’ and I threw a bunch of it away.”
— Amelia Stock Cummings

ES: There was this sort of vigilante response in the neighborhood. There were a few people who never left, or maybe they left Sunday, Monday morning. They had walkie talkies and flashlights, and they were walking all over the neighborhood making sure that no one was looting. You couldn’t go into the neighborhood, but if you were already in the neighborhood you could stay. So these guys were like handing out supplies, batteries, etc. from the outside world and protecting the neighborhood. They were in like camo pants and they took it really seriously. There was some looting, and a couple kids came into the neighborhood and they were starting a fire somewhere, but then they got chased off by one of these guys, and the guy was carrying a rifle, and they called the police.

KC: Someone put up a huge plywood sign in front of somebody else's house that said "My children are looters." It was public shaming. They knew the family and they caught the kids rummaging.

ES: “We all kind of dealt with it in different ways. Amelia immediately started volunteering, like Monday.”

ASC: It was a weird week. It was a mixture of chaos and relief. I'm really, really thankful that the house didn't burn down, but after I started to think about the things I was so happy to not have lost, the potential for them being lost kind of came back.