“I just bought those shoes,” Jennifer Pamatz said, as she plucked a high heel from the inches-deep, soggy soot on the floor of her bedroom.
It’s a moment playing itself out in home after home up-and-down Marigold Drive in Fairfield. Pamatz is picking through what’s left for home, trying to salvage whatever she can.
“When I told my daughter she started crying because she’s worried about her dolls,” Pamatz said.
As much of a mess as her home is, Pamatz says she knows things could be worse. Two homes were completely destroyed by the fire that wasn’t letting much stop it even the tallest wall.
The fire started along I-80 Eastbound and quickly jumped a sound wall and chewed into the neighborhoods beyond.
15 homes were damaged. Two were destroyed completely. Three were left uninhabitable including the home where Pamatz, her father, and her daughter just moved-in just two years ago.
She says they were so happy with their new place. But still, in a way she remains almost sunny.
“They’re just material things. As long as no one was hurt,” Pamatz said.
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