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Family begins process of rebuilding after wildfire

Steveanne Bielich lost her home since 1987 in a wildfire that swept through northeast Oklahoma City Tuesday afternoon.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: September 1, 2011
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Wednesday was a day for Steveanne Bielich and her family to begin picking up the pieces from the wildfire that destroyed their home the day before.

The Bielichs' one-story home at 8700 Acre View Drive was destroyed by a wildfire Tuesday that swept through northeast Oklahoma City. For Bielich and her family, Wednesday meant starting over.

“There's nothing that really prepares you for it,” she said. “I saw our car burned out in the garage. Nobody was at home when it started. All your documents and personal things, the pictures, our wedding rings, were all in the house.”

Bielich, 42, is a teacher in the Bethany school system. She heard from her father about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday that the fire was reaching their home. She was powerless to do anything about it.

“I had started in that direction and I just turned around and went back,” she said. “My son was in football practice. So we just waited it out.”

Among her biggest concerns were the family's three dogs. All three survived the blaze, but two suffered burns and are in intensive care. Bielich said the dogs are expected to survive. Bielich said police would not allow her mother access to their home to rescue the dogs, but they did cut the fence so they could escape the fire.

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