A Colorado family is forever indebted to an Amazon delivery driver to save their lives when a devastating wildfire rages across Boulder County last week.
The late-season Marshall Fire, which has been called the most catastrophic fire in Colorado history, prompted the evacuation of about 35,000 residents, including the Stanley family.
Mary Stanley said she, her husband, Taylor Stanley, and their four-month-old son were dozing in their Superior home when they woke up around 11:12 a.m. Thursday and smelled smoke.
When they came out, they saw thick smoke in the air and crawling flames that were heading straight towards their house. They only had five minutes to leave before the fire reached them.
Taylor ran out and tried to start their car, but its battery ran out. Then he rushed to their neighbor’s house and knocked on the door to see if they could get help, but no one answered.
That’s when they realized that they were the only ones left in the community. Everyone has already been evacuated.
“We have no way out of here we have to try and make it on foot,” Taylor told Mary, as aggressive fire engulfed the shopping center across the street from their house.
“I really don’t think we would have made it because it was happening so fast and with winds like this, the gales were so strong and my husband was struggling to stay upright and get all of our stuff inside the truck,” Mary told KDVR.
Once Marie started grabbing a few of their possessions, an Amazon delivery agent named Luanne showed up to deliver a bike pump that Taylor had ordered a few days earlier.
Seeing their situation, the cute driver offered the family a ride in her delivery van so she could bring them to safety.
Then a strong gust of wind blew at their gate and pushed the door inward. They tried to open it but failed, so Taylor started throwing things at the 8-foot fence before climbing over it. Fortunately, they got their baby out and most of their stuff out before that happened.
“She was actually very calm about it, she offered to help and took us in the van and supported us facing the side and took us to the nearest community center,” Marie told Luanne Outlets.
Their best friend came to pick them up from the center and drop them off at Taylor’s parents’ home in Firestone.
Unfortunately, their entire house was burned down, like hundreds of their neighbors. The couple haven’t decided on their next course of action because they’ve lost everything they had, but they’re grateful to be alive – and it’s all thanks to Luanne.
“We could be dead if it wasn’t for Luanne,” said Mary. “It was our saving grace. A little angel at the moment we needed it.”
On Friday, the authorities warned citizens to return to their neighborhoods with pockets of fire remaining.
The wildfires are believed to have been started by downed power lines and exacerbated by arid conditions and strong winds of up to 105 mph. The fire engulfed entire neighborhoods at lightning speed, burning more than 6,000 homes in less than 24 hours.
Colorado was among the states that experienced an unexpected drought during the summer, and Boulder received nowhere near the usual snow and rain. This rare occurrence resulted in extremely dry conditions.
Stanley created a GoFundMe to raise money for themselves and Luanne, who lost her job due to the accident. She has three children, and the family wants to give her part of the money they will receive from donations to help her, just as she helped them.
Click the video below to learn more about how a brave Amazon delivery driver saved the Stanley family.
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