Portales family has near miss with fire

Alisa Boswell

The Grubbs family of Roosevelt County had a close shave with Sunday’s fire.

Scott Grubb said he and his wife had only been home for 30 minutes when they realized there was smoke nearing their house.

Grubbs said he stepped into the back yard to look and realized the fire was nearing them.

“I said I need to get clothes and he said, ‘It’s too late; it’s here,’” said his wife, Stacy. “It’s kind of amazing how tornadoes and fires dance. It burns another house and we were untouched.”

The Grubbs called to their two children to grab clothes.

“I thought he meant we were going to town,” said their 14-year-old daughter, Kaitlin. “Then I heard the panic in his voice.”

Grubbs told his family to leave the house and go into town while he stayed with their home awhile longer. Stacy said she and her children went to the Portales Wal-Mart and waited in the parking lot.

“I thought I’d lost my house and everything in it and my dad,” Kaitlin said. “I was sitting in the car crying.”

Grubbs said the fire came within 50 to 60 yards of their house.

“We feel lucky. I like to think God helped us out and everyone on this road,” Grubbs said. “Without the firefighters, it could have been a lot worse.”

“The fire departments were great,” Stacy added.

The Grubbs said the fire came even closer to their neighbor’s house, but firefighters also managed to keep their home from being burned.

“I think God was really taking care of us,” Stacy said. “It was coming from the west and went straight past us.”