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Homeowner Shares Story About Close Call with Cottonwood 2 Fire

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As crews continue to mop-up the Cottonwood 2 Fire and evacuees return home, we're asking more people to share their stories with us. As crews continue to mop-up the Cottonwood 2 Fire and evacuees return home, we're asking more people to share their stories with us.
SELAH, WA - As crews continue to mop-up the Cottonwood 2 Fire and evacuees return home, we're asking more people to share their stories with us.

Chelsea Merryman lives in a house on Cabin Lane, a couple miles away from where the Cottonwood 2 Fire started. She said at first she wasn't really worried, but then there came a point where that all changed.

I knew that when it lit up over there, that my house was going to be in danger because of that brush, and it's dry," said Merryman. "No water hits it. So I knew when it lit that up, it was going to take off and that it did."

Merryman along with her neighbors grabbed hoses and started watering all sides of the house as the flames crept closer.

A few grabbed as many horses as they could to get them out of harm's way.

"They were running out of our hands, it was crazy."

Merryman said neighbors were helping her grab valuables out of the house until they were forced to leave.

"I had somebody come in my house and yell at me saying we got to get out of here now," said Merryman. "They were trying to get the cars out so the fire engines could move in. My adrenaline hit, and I can't remember much, I just know that I was upset and I didn't want to lose my house."

Merryman said it was a horrible feeling not knowing if she would return to a house still standing. But thanks to the hard work of firefighters, she came back to only a few broken fences.
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