One year after the Limerock wildfire incinerated three-dozen homes just blocks from Franklin County’s famed seafood houses, Luther Glass and a lot of his neighbors remain struggling to place the pieces of their lives back together. But a lot of those pieces are gone forever, reduced to ash and melted aluminum.
= $ =p>The cultural people, Bear, and Wilderness Creek roads lost everything in the wildfire. Their homes, their cars, their hunting rifles, their deep freezers for meat. Their boats Even, that they rely on to earn a living off the Gulf. Glass, a shrimper and fisherman, and his three kids, who range in age from 3 to 12, resided happily prior to the fire with his father and a grandmother in a solid wood, wheelchair-accessible house on Ridge Road.
They experienced a fifth steering wheel camper and some other vehicles, motors and boats, a swimming pool with a deck, a big work shed, numerous guns, seven hound dogs and two pigs. But the wildfire flipped everything that to misshapen hulks and cinder. Only two of his dogs returned. The grouped family made a decision to stay on their land, living initially in a small camper donated by a friend before getting into a slightly bigger one from FEMA that’s showing signs of major wear. “We lost everything,” Glass said.
“It gets aggravating knowing you’d everything we proved helpful pretty much our whole lives for just destroyed. We finally scraped online backup and got what must be done to live. Their makeshift home, a 30-some-odd-foot camper trailer, barely contains his young family. There’s a tiny kitchenette with a refrigerator small to carry much food too. His kids sleep on bunk beds in the back or on small seat cushions around a dining table. The trim around doorways is peeling off, and mostly of the cabinets inside has fallen apart. There is precious little privacy.
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Glass’ dad, who was in a medical home for serious health issues, recently returned to his property and then find his wheelchair couldn’t fit through the camper door. He’ll have the ability to get back some day – once government-funded permanent casing arrives – but Glass doesn’t know when. A year later “It’s been,” he said. 200,000 worth of property that got burnt. 20,000 campers that’s so cheaply made that the wall space is coming aside. It’s just ridiculous. They’re aiming to help some.
Glass, who used to have regular work at Harry A’s on St. George Island, goes out on a shrimp vessel when he can, splitting modest proceeds between the motorboat captain and the owners. The island restaurant shut after Hurricane Michael hit Oct. 10, though it’s likely to reopen. He got a little money from unemployment.