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Family thankful to firefighters who saved home from Wellesley fire

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

At last check for the Wellesley fire near Beacon Hill, two homes burned down and the fire has burned about 300 acres.

"I'm driving out of the driveway and I turn back to look and I just see flames right behind the house and I took a picture and I thought, 'This is the last time.' I'm emotional about it but I thought this was the last time I was going to see my house," said Rachel Borders, who lives on Beacon Hill.

A chilling thought burned into Rachel's mind that she won't soon forget. Sunday started out as a normal day when suddenly, "They both come running in (my kids) just crying and screaming, 'There's a fire! We have to get out of here now!' I had no idea. The fire was probably 200 feet away by that point. I didn't smell it, I didn't see it," said Rachel.  

It moved so quickly. With no time to think, Rachel picked up her family and moved out of the area as fast as possible.      

But Monday paints a different picture on her property. The Borders family has been cleaning up all the leftover red retardant from the planes that dropped it earlier. What's left is a charred fence but a home that still stands untouched by the fire. "This red stuff is everywhere we are grateful for it, we really feel like it saved the house," said Rachel.  

Her family says they are very grateful for the firefighters. The firefighters have been all over the Borders property, checking the perimeter for any hotspots. 

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