Jun 27, 2012 8:09 PM by Andy Koen

Losing more than just a home

Like many evacuees, Susan Solich has been living out of boxes since the waldo canyon fire first erupted Saturday.

"Sunday we went back just to grab a few things and to water my plants on the off chance that there would be still plants and it was just burning, but not close to us and we just weren't really afraid."

For the past year and a half, susan has been caring for her 4 grandsons after both their mom and dad died in separate incidents about 2 months apart.

"We packed up some pictures, we packed up the boys packed up their mother and fathers ashes and you know it's just what can't we live without."

Last night they watched as their Mountain Shadows neighborhood, her home 18 years, was consumed by flames.

"The boys panicked and you could see somewhere inside them it was like, wow what other loss are we going to have to take here."

Today, she's grateful for the photos and memories that were saved, but she knows this crisis has been especially difficult on her grandsons. The sentimental value of their belongings seems even greater.

"They were bringing their Legos, Justin brought his deer antlers from the first deer that he shot, you know it's like 'put it all in the car grandma! Put it all in the car!' and it's been very tough," she said.

Despite the sense of loss, Susan is determined to push ahead.

"I feel blessed that we're all safe, we're all together and it's just stuff, it's just stuff."

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