BURBANK, Wash. - A Burbank family is left with next to nothing after their home burned to ashes in a Sunday morning fire.
There is hardly anything left of the house the Gridleys lived in for more than 20 years. While it is a tragic story, it's also a story of heroism and beating the odds. The entire Gridley family did make it out safely and they said it's all thanks to their son.
"He saved our lives," said Tracey Gridley. She said her 19-year-old son, Taylor, woke her and her husband up around 3:00 a.m. Sunday alerting them of the fire. They all got out safely but soon realized the family dog, Pugsley, was still inside.
"He was sleeping with us and when we ran outside, we thought he followed us. But he was so scared with the alarms going off, the smoke alarms and everything, that he just hid under our bed. We called him and called him and couldn't get him out," Gridley said.
For the next several hours the Gridley's and their friends watched from the house next door as their home was reduced to ashes. Once the flames were under control, though, firefighters went in to the charred house to grab some necessities.
"They'd gone in to get those things and found Pugsley, so that was good," said the Gridley's friend, Crystal Ford.
Ford was with the Gridleys all through the fire. She's now been helping them try to piece their life back together. A Facebook page "Help Support the Gridleys" has been created where the community's organizing help.
"The Burbank community has been just awesome. My friends Crystal and Shauna - everybody. They've all just come together and helped us and you just don't realize there's very very good people out there in the world," Gridley said.
An account for donations has been set up at Gesa Credit Union. The number for that is 706257.