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Earthly and heavenly factors saved our home


Last updated 6/12/2014 at Noon

The Highway Fire burns perilously close to the Rancho Monserate senior community in May.

We were on vacation during the recent fire in May. Driving through Oregon, we happened to read USA Today and saw an article reporting on the fires happening in North County, San Diego. A call to our daughter verified the fact that our home in the Rancho Monserate Mobile Home Park was in danger.

Throughout our trip, we watched the fires on TV and imagined our park in ashes. Our thoughts and prayers focused on our neighbors who were in peril. Somewhere along the way we remembered the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which sits in front of our unit. Jesus was right there watching over the entire area. Talk about peace that passes all understanding, our hearts were quieted.

Back home again we were astonished to see the hill behind the park blackened and barren, but our homes and all the people were saved. We heard about the efforts of the many firefighters, the policemen who alerted our residents with bullhorns, and the kindness of our neighbors who knocked on doors, helping each other.

Miracles had happened. On that day even the wind changed course and drew the fire into the open tomato fields nearby. Our thanksgiving goes to both earthly and heavenly assistance for a job well done.

Sylvia King


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