The fires came in the middle of the night, while most of us were asleep in our beds. Mama woke us up in her dressing gown & the smell of smoke and burning was everywhere. She put us all in our warm clothes and made us get downstairs and into the truck. We tried to ask about Papa, but she just got this mean hard look on her face.

Outside, the fire was everywhere, and it kinda looked like daylight. The Fredericks' house was on fire too, and we could see Mrs Fredericks outside, but we didn't see Mr. Fredericks anywhere. There must have been some kinda emergency that made all the daddies go away, but Mama didn't say anything about it. She just made us get in the truck, and we drove to grandma's house.