October 23, 2018
One month and three days before my 21st birthday, my whole world flashed before my eyes. A few days prior to this tragic event, I found myself praying for a new start in life. Thus bringing me to state it is not what I envisioned when I prayed for a new start, but unfortunately what tragically happened.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 around 4pm the Erskine Fire was first reported. Around 4:30pm, I was sleeping on my living room floor. My dog Skerrah Lee was at my feet, my boyfriend at the time Gary "RABBIT" was on one side of me, and his dog Max was on the other side of me when we abruptly awoke to a loud BANG!. A nearby propane tank exploding due to the heat caused from the flames was what made the loud bang. A few moments later, my mom was hopping out of a friends vehicle screaming 'Get Out!!! Terralyn Get Out Now!! Hurry!." at me.
While she was screaming at me I instantly went into panic mode and ran to my room to gather my things. As I was gathering my things, my mom had already hopped my locked fence, ran up the driveway to the sliding glass door, and flung it opened. Then rushed down the hallway to her room to gather a few things.
Then as I stepped out to the hallway to ask her what I needed to take she hit the bag that was in my hands out of my hands and told me to "get my dog and get out of there now!". Then turned to Gary and told him to get me out of the house now even if he had to put me on his shoulder and carry me out. So I turned and ran down the hallway through the living room to the sliding glass door.
While going through the living room I stopped and grabbed my red, yellow, and green belt, my cellphones, my purse, my shoes,...