Fire burns closely to Trail home

Trail, Ore. — A family is relieved Wednesday night after the Rocky Road Fire came within less than a foot of their home in Trail.

The Rocky Road Fire threatened 20 homes in Trail, and one of them was so close, a family didn’t know if they’d have a  roof over their head.

“It came right up to the building. it touched the building,” said Gail Belovitch, homeowner.

Belovitch lives in her ten-acre Trail home with her husband. It was just a regular Wednesday afternoon until they got an unexpected visit from a neighbor.

“We got a knock on the door from the neighbors and said our field is on fire. When we looked out, it started on just the edge of the road, like when we were just coming into the field. She says, call 911,” Belovitch said.

She said the flames were spreading too quickly, so her husband took action.

“I yelled to my husband and he came out with the hoses right away and ran down to the field. But the field, it just took off and I thought the flames were going to consume him. He just ran – it just went that fast,” she said.

Fortunately, fire crews were able to put out the fire before it reached the walls of their barn. But that didn’t stop Belovitch from thinking the worst.

“It was really, at the time, just so thick with smoke. we thought – yeah, it was going to catch,” she said.

She said she owes it all to the fire crews for saving their home.

“I just want to thank the firefighters and all their hard work – God bless them,” Belovitch said.

ODF gave the all-clear for the Belovitch family to stay in their home until further notice. But there are still crews that are going to monitor the area and mop up hot spots.

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