Patriotic symbols, loved one’s urn miraculous survive house fire, give California family hope

(Video: Fox News)

A family in California who recently lost their home due to the “Coastal Fire” in Laguna Niguel, has nevertheless taken hope from several items that firefighters were able to save from the blaze.

As the fire ripped through Laguna Niguel last Wednesday, people were forced to evacuate, often with little to no warning. One such family, Terri Strohman and her son Max Strohman had barely 10 minutes to flee their home, able to grab only a few essentials and pets before being forced to leave.

Later, when Max returned to inspect the rubble of their home and assess the magnitude of the destruction, he found out that firefighters had been able to save three items: an American flag, a mug commemorating the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, and an urn containing a family member’s ashes.

Speaking to “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Terri spoke about the meaning of the items that were saved, and the hope she and her son derive from the symbolism of those items, particularly in the context of 9/11 and the national unity and rebuilding that took place in the wake of that tragic day.

“We felt like it actually gave us a lot of hope and gave us some strength. Because, just what they represent. They are such strong symbols obviously, the flag and a mug from 9/11. And it also kind of helps keep it in perspective because we’re so grateful like you say, I mean, we are all alive. And obviously, the flag and 9/11 represent so many lost lives.”

“So it helps us look forward and be hopeful and feel like we will all get through this. The house is a house. But we are all alive,” Terri continued.

She told host Pete Hegseth that she had been able to see the fire roughly an hour before the mandatory evacuation order came in. After the evacuation, she had the horror of watching her own home burn on live television.

“It was absolutely surreal. We all came back and were watching three hours of our whole neighborhood go down,” she recalled.

In the days since the destruction, Terri stated that she’s received “amazing” support from the community.

“We’ve gathered a lot of strength from the warmness and the spirit, I would say the spirit of the community,” Terri told Hegseth.

The Coastal Fire managed to totally destroy 20 homes in the Laguna Niguel area and has significantly damaged at least 11 others. Approximately 900 people had to evacuate, either on their own or through mandatory evacuations imposed by emergency authorities. The fire was aided by the usual suspects of strong winds and the thick underbrush that dominates much of southern California.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, and authorities continue their investigation.

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