A Colorado man who found his family’s cabin still standing after a wildfire burned dangerously close discovered a touching note left behind by the firefighters who battled the blaze.
Daniel Stones shared the handwritten note left by the smoke eaters on Twitter Sunday. The crew had saved his home near the town of Granby, where the East Troublesome Fire — the second-largest fire in Colorado history — raged.
The moving missive read: “If this note finds you we must have done something right. Sorry for the loss of your shed and we had to cut a little of your wood fence, to save your house. Things got really hot we stayed as long as possible.”
The note was signed, “Best wishes Engine 1446” from Meeker, Co.
In his tweet, Stones wrote, “A HUGE toast to @MeekerFire #1446 tonight. We got your note. Inside the burn line and saved. Forever in your debt and with tears of gratitude. You are truly SUPERHEROES. Words do no justice. THANK YOU.”
“I have read this note more than 100x today. Over and over. it hits me every time — at my very core,” Stones wrote in another tweet.
The thankful homeowner said that he was prepared for his family’s cabin to have been incinerated in the wildfire that had jumped more than 100,000 acres in just hours.
A satellite image shows an overview of the East Troublesome Fire at Grand Lake, Colorado.via REUTERS
“I thought it was an error,” he told CBS News. “I thought it was wrong, and my wife was standing over my shoulder when I saw it and my jaw hit the desk.”
The flames ultimately came within 5 or 6 feet of the cabin, firefighters said, according to the news outlet.
Stones discovered the note a few days after the smoke cleared.
“It absolutely blew me away,” Stones told CBS News. “And I’m a grown man, and I can admit I wept.”
Kyle Frary, the firefighter who wrote the note, told the news outlet, “There’s a lot of good people that are doing the exact same thing we did. We just got credit for this.”
As of Tuesday, the East Troublesome Fire — which originated on Oct. 14 — had burned more than 192,000 acres, according to the US Forest Service.
It was 20 percent contained.