Man Sees Burned Home For First Time

By: Sarah Schwabe Email
By: Sarah Schwabe Email

One man invited 11 News along to tour his property and see what's left of his house.

Nigel Thompson says the hardest part of the entire week was the last few minutes he waited at the checkpoint to get in to see his home.

"I think it's just you were going to finally see what happened," said Thompson. "It's sort of overwhelming."

Thompson caught his first glimpse of the destruction as he pulled into his driveway.

"Everywhere you look, it's just gone," said Thompson.

He and his 16-year-old daughter walked through the 40 acre property together, assessing the damage.

"It's hard to know what's where. This was our garage," said Thompson.

Nigel and his family got out safely, but he lost two horses in the fire.

"I'm grateful to my neighbor and some of his fire department people for coming in here and burying the horses because I don't think I could come back to that," said Thompson.

Nigel explained why he wanted us to come along with him for such a personal moment.

"If any of this does any good for anybody else it's gotta be worth doing it, and I thought it's nice to have a record of what has happened," said Thompson.

Thompson tells 11 News he knew early on his home was gone, but he wanted to see it for himself to get some closure.

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