Saratoga springs, Utah — one of the areas evacuated during hills fire one is grateful for the quick thinking of a neighbor who took it upon himself to make sure that the flame does not come close.
They gather together to thank him for his work to save their homes.
Fast-moving flames quickly ate through thousands of acres of grass and headed toward the house on Sunday, Saratoga springs.
“This was perhaps the case 10 minutes before he was already here,” said Garrett Hartle, whose house borders the edge of the fire. “When we left you could see the fire coming this way.”
Garrett and his family evacuated, no idea what they return.
Down the street Robert young watched the raging fire races closer, knowing he couldn’t leave now.
Robert said that he wanted to make sure his elderly neighbors were able to evacuate.
“Pretty emotional to watch the fire and the flames get to the neighboring houses,” he said. “Pretty emotional to see the entire mountain in flames.”
It just so happens that Robert used to be a landscaper, and he’s the cause of the fire on his neighbors in the past.
It also just so happened that some heavy equipment, including a bulldozer, appeared a few days ago on the vacant lot next to nearby construction crews to begin the construction of the school.
Robert could see a bulldozer parked right next to a grassy field, which if on fire would jeopardize the homes of his neighbors.
“I realized that there was equipment there, so I jumped into the equipment,” he said. “I was able to take care of the area that had not been cleared the construction of the school, behind the houses.”
Robert spent the next few hours clearing the line of fire with his surroundings. On the one hand, hills the fire demolished everything in its path. On the other, the house of neighbors stood vulnerable.
“I just wanted to hurry up and get fuel and grass, and there were some trees just to get out of the way. And make a good break between the houses,” he said.
Fast forward to Monday, when the evacuation order was canceled and returned home.
None of the houses in the neighborhood Robert caused any significant damage. The courts has remained largely untouched.
“We owe him a lot. Because who knows what would have happened if he hadn’t done what he did and cleared this field,” said Jerome jaegers, who lives next door to Garrett.
Neighbors knew they could not leave it without attention. They wanted to help Robert, who was under the influence of COVID-19.
“He was out of work with what is happening now, too,” Garrett explained. “I am sure that in the time when you want your family and you out of danger, he stepped forward and ultimately saved us a lot of a lot of suffering and grief.”
So they stepped up with a fundraiser for a mortgage payment Robert.
If you ask Robert, he said he was just doing what anyone would do in this situation.
“I don’t feel heroic in any case,” he said. “That’s what I do, and I was able to help someone with this ability.”
But if you ask its surroundings, Robert selflessly saved their homes.
And now they gathered at his house, they agreed that it was the least they could do to show gratitude for how he saved them.
“I don’t feel worthy of it,” said Robert, adding that he was “stunned and grateful.”
“If he’s not moving or in this case, for all we know, we wouldn’t be standing here, being able to go to our house Tonight and sleep in my own home. So that could be a lot worse,” said Garrett. “We owe him a lot. So we are very grateful for what he did.”
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