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Carolyn Tann-Starr 2015 Middletown Wild Fire

Although blackened with debris, littered with melted insulation, crumbled dry wall and imploded rooftops, there is evidence everywhere that the residents are doing all they can to seek out and preserve any remnant of what used to be the beauty of simply living their lives..

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2015 Middletown Wild Fire

There are wire sifters propped near former entrances and little piles of burnt items carefully collected and arranged. It is a stark, defiant reminder for all stepping foot on these hallowed, grieving grounds that this is still a displaced family's treasured, badly mangled, burned-to-the-ground home.

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2015 Middletown Wild Fire

The survivors are returning to salvage what they own, even if all they have left is the quiet dignity of a silent, tearful nod to burnt offerings... 

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2015 Middletown Wild Fire

Some are up at the crack of dawn feeding distressed pets, treating the lost pets of their neighbors as if they were their own. Most pets don't know where their families are and where their loving homes have gone. We've been trying to catch them and return them to their loved ones. They don't trust easily so we leave our tiny oferings of food comfort and watch from afar as they come and go.

Yeah... Ironic, huh? My "avoid the wildlife at all costs" self has reluctantly joined the pet feeding brigade maintained by the kind citizens of Middletown California. Um... well... how can I not? It is important to them and these people are important to me. If you have a little time, maybe you can join our ad hoc feeding, search and rescue team. If not, give to the charity of your choice to help the nice people struggling to recover on this mountain. They are a wonderful, caring, tight fit community who deserve our help and respect. I am learning a lot from the residents here. I will probably never be the same either...










Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi C - Very moving images of the tragedy suffered by residents in the fire areas. Heartbreaking, in fact. I'm sure your efforts are greatly appreciated by those intent on salvaging something from the past and rebuilding a future.

Oct 09, 2015 05:12 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Thank you, Dick. I am appreciating how everyone is banding together over here. It has been difficult for everyone. Will be here another week before I have to fly home...

Oct 09, 2015 08:16 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Wow, what an amazing thing you are blessed to be called to do. The pictures speak volumes. I am sure this will be eith you for a long, long time. Makes me take a long hard look at my own life and to be grateful for all that is in it. 

Take care, good to see you!

Oct 09, 2015 12:43 PM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Thank you, Andrea. It's grand to be back. Missed you guys. School and being a Private Investigators has been taking up most of my time. I've been giving housing referrals out left and right. May wander back into that aspect of the industry for Christmas. Should be finish with all my training by then and will have time to get the license. I have 11 professional licenses keeping me really busy. What's one more, eh? Glad I can use you guys in my fave electronic R E rolodex (silly grin).

Oct 09, 2015 02:48 PM