As fires neared Christina Myers’ home Thursday, she had moments to decide what to save.
"My husband asked me, ‘What means the most to you?’” she said.
The family grabbed three urns and left the home she had grown up in. The urns contained the remains of Myers’ mother, father and sister.
"This has been the worst thing ever, and that’s saying a lot, actually,” Myers said.
"My mom had died, my dad died, my sister died, and all these other deaths that we had in the family. My 19-year-old niece, and there was more than that. And then all of a sudden, this happened, and this was the home I was raised in.”
Their house was one of 58 destroyed by wildfires in Choctaw. In a night, more than a century of family history was lost.
"I was the keeper of everyone’s things,” she said.
Possessions lost in the fire included a World War I sword that her great-great-grandfather had given her son, quilts that had been made by her great-great-grandmother, furniture that belonged to her aunt and many other irreplaceable items.
Myers’ home didn’t have insurance. Her mother had a policy on the home, but it lapsed after her passing.