Photo by Al Camp
Flames and smoke pour from the front porch of an Okanogan home July 26
As of Tuesday, August 1, 2017
OKANOGAN – Jodi Crofton and her four-year-old son, Nolan, were fast asleep Wednesday, July 26, when she was awoken to the sound of a sheriff deputy pounding on her front door and a thick haze of smoke.
“I had no idea. We would have died,” Crofton said two days after the blaze. “The house is a complete loss.”
The blaze destroyed the front of the North Second Avenue house, but water and smoke damage was expansive, Crofton said.
“Overall, my landlords are amazing,” she said, noting several of her smaller items were salvaged.
She credits the fast response from Okanogan Fire Department, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Lifeline ambulance for their quick response.
“They were just so kind,” she said. “They showed up in the middle of the night. There was so much smoke…it was scary; It was really bad.”
“It was just amazing,” she said. “I love them.”
She also credits Lenae Houston, the “angel who stopped to call 911 and save our lives,” she said.
Crofton said she has returned to her home to gather items and placed a thank you message on a piece of plywood that covers what used to be her front door.
The homeowners were insured, but Crofton did not have renter’s insurance. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.