A household of seven misplaced their dwelling in Washington’s wildfires. Then all of them acquired Covid-19


They’ve now quarantined themselves in two lodge rooms in Spokane Valley, the place they’re recovering and attempting to plan their futures.

The Grahams misplaced their dwelling, a barn and outbuildings the place they saved issues they weren’t utilizing, particular child garments and different household mementos. Their canine was OK and their rooster coop was additionally spared, although a few of the birds’ feathers might have been singed.

“We had been planning to come back again that evening, so we did not pack a single factor,” Jessica mentioned.

They stayed with household after the fireplace and assume that is how they had been uncovered to the coronavirus — Jessica’s dad had flu-like signs and Matthew’s mother examined optimistic on September 20 after she’d babysat the kids.

“We had been beginning to expertise signs at the moment that we had been hoping was simply resulting from hazardous air high quality,” Jessica mentioned. “However then that had gone away and we had been getting worse as a substitute of higher.”

Neither of their dad and mom needed to be hospitalized, however Matthew’s mother did have pneumonia in each lungs.

Jessica and Matthew have felt exhausted however assume they’re on the best way to restoration.

The youngsters, Constantine “Costa,” 12, Claudia, 10, 7-year-old twins Adele and Zoe, and 5-year-old Darius, have fared significantly better. Jessica mentioned they’ve often felt feverish however could be higher the following day.

“They’re bouncing off the partitions, however we’re so grateful that they are wholesome sufficient to bounce off the partitions,” Matthew mentioned.

The Glass and Zogg Fires are less than 10% contained and threaten even more destruction
He mentioned the group has been extremely beneficiant and given the household toys, board video games and garments for the entire household. A GoFundMe marketing campaign for the household has raised greater than $21,000.

Jessica mentioned rental houses are exhausting to search out within the space, however they hope to discover a extra everlasting place to remain as soon as they get out of quarantine in just a few days.

She mentioned they’d like to remain locally and are contemplating shopping for a brand new home or rebuilding “this superb new home” on their property.

“That is what retains us optimistic,” she mentioned. “We all know a type of two outcomes goes to occur and we’re gonna simply have one thing that is even higher than what we had earlier than.”


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