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.”
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“Luckily, we were able to find them about 5:30 yesterday afternoon,” she said. “We were all worried we wouldn't see them again.”
The family later returned to their home and spent most of the night keeping an eye on their barn, the one structure on the property that didn't burn.
Bielich said the family will likely rebuild on the same land.
“It's quiet out here and there's space,” she said. “I didn't like living in the city where the houses are six feet from each other. My brother also lives next door and my parents are a quarter mile away.”