A Colorado family is forever thankful to Amazon’s delivery driver for saving their lives last week when a destructive wildfire raged across Boulder County.
The late-season “Marshall Fire,” called the most catastrophic blaze in Colorado history, prompted the evacuation of some 35,000 residents, including the Stanley family.
Mary Stanley stated that Taylor Stanley, her husband, and their four-month old son were sleeping at their Superior home when Taylor woke them up on Thursday morning and smelled smoke.
They saw thick smoke and crawling flames outside. They had only five minutes to escape before the fire reached their house.
Taylor ran outside and tried to start the car but the battery was dead. He then rushed to their neighbor’s house and banged on the door to see if they could get help, but no one answered.
That’s when they realized they were the only ones left in the community. Everyone else had already evacuated.
“We have no way out of here we have to try to make it by foot,” Taylor told Mary, as the shopping center right across the street from their house was engulfed by the aggressive flames.
“I really don’t think we would have made it out because it was happening so fast and with the winds like that, the gusts were so strong my husband was struggling to stay upright and get all of our things inside the van,” Mary told KDVR.
Mary began to grab a few of their belongings just as Luanne, an Amazon delivery agent, showed up to deliver a bike pumps Taylor had ordered a few weeks earlier.
The driver saw the family’s situation and offered to take them in her van.
The door became lodged inwardly after a strong gust of wind slammed against it. They tried to pry the door open but failed. Taylor then began to throw items over the fence, which is 8 feet tall, before climbing over it. They had managed to get their baby and most of their belongings out of there before that happened.
“She was actually pretty calm about it, she offered to help and she got us in the van and propped us up against the side and she dropped us off at the nearest community center,” Mary told the outlet of Luanne.
Their best friends came to pick them up at the center and dropped them off at Taylor’s parents’ house in Firestone.
Their home was also destroyed, along with hundreds of others nearby. The couple hasn’t decided their next course of action as they just lost everything they had, but they are grateful to be alive—and it’s all thanks to Luanne.
“We could be dead if it wasn’t for Luanne,” Mary said. “She was our saving grace. A little angel right at the moment that we needed her.”
Authorities warned people not to return to their homes Friday due to the presence of fires in some areas.
It was believed that the wildfire was caused by downed power lines. The fire was also aggravated due to dry conditions and strong winds gusting up to 105 mph. The wildfire ravaged entire neighborhoods at lightning speed, igniting over 6,000 homes in less that 24 hours.
Colorado was among the states that were hit by an unexpected drought in the summer. Boulder did not receive the usual snowfall or rainfall. This rare event caused extremely dry conditions.
The Stanleys created a GoFundMe account to help Luanne, who was laid off due to the incident. She has three kids and the family wants her to get a portion from donations to help them.
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