Families try to pick up the pieces after devastating wildfire

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Families try to pick up the pieces after devastating wildfire

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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KTVB.COM

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:12 AM

MOUNTAIN HOME -- Six families in Mountain Home are without a home after a wildfire ripped through the area Monday night.

High winds spread flames quickly leaving homeowners on edge as fire crews tried to get the fire contained.

The Bureau of Land Management declared the fire controlled late Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started near Airbase Road and moved south to Smith Road.

"This was our place," Trish Baublitz said as she took us back to the remains of her trailer.

"I was like that's it, we got to get out right now and I called my daughter and said we got an emergency.  Get in the car now," she said.

They had no time to grab anything.  Almost everything was lost.

"I'm still in shock," Baublitz said.

Her husband was on the road Monday night.  She broke the news to him over the phone.

"His father died when he was 14 and the American flag that was presented to his mother who died last year was in the house and he's sad that's gone," Baublitz cried.

The fire destroyed six homes, but Baublitz found a way to protect some of her possessions.

"I love our fire safe.  I've had them before but I've never seen them tested," Baublitz said.

It stood the test Monday night.  The fire safe saved more than just important documents.

“There's some things in there that will hopefully help my husband not be quite as sad," Baublitz said.

Baublitz and her daughter are staying with family, but the ordeal is not over.  They still have to rebuild their lives.

"I've lost a lot.  Sometimes.  But I've also never really had a lot," Baublitz said.

She has her family and says her things can be replaced.

She's considering moving out of Mountain Home, but says it will now be an easy move.

They did lose their cat and are not sure if it died in the fire or ran away.

The Burn Out Fund is collecting clothes and household items for the families who lost their homes in the fire. 

You can drop off donations at Paws and Claws Grooming or The Edge Bar in Mountain Home.  The Derail Bar and Grill in Glenns Ferry will also take donations.

This Saturday Family Dental will hold a car wash fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m.  And a motorcycle run is this Sunday at The Edge at 11 a.m.

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