|Updated: 8/08/2012 9:15 am
||Published: 8/07/2012 10:01 pm
The small community of Olive, near Drumright also lost homes to the fire, including a teacher’s, but she says she has everything she needs.
"It's, it's just unreal,” said Theresa Lackey.
It’s depressing if she stares at the damage too long. A trailer replaces 15 years of living.
"All my kids were born here. All my babies grew up here," said Lackey.
The longer Lackey watched the fire that moved through Olive last weekend, the bigger it grew, then the wind shifted.
"I thought that's going to come at us if it hops the road," said Lackey.
It did, now not much is left. She along with her kids, husband and dogs escaped. Now, she's looking for something to take her mind off of what happened.
“Tuesday I will be at school," said Lackey.
Theresa has taught special education in Drumright for years. She's been looking forward to the first day of school as much as her students. The more she focuses on them it seems, the easier moving forward becomes.
"It’s unreal to think that was my house," said Lackey.
It’s nothing more than a pile of ash now. The memories she had here, good and bad, will stay with her.
“Helicopters were dropping water on it and it just kept getting bigger and bigger," said lackey. “It’s a house, it's replaceable."
A lesson learned by the teacher.
“I’m good, I’m blessed. My kids are safe, my family is safe," said Lackey.
All she has is all she needs.