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Hart fire flames within feet of one family's home

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. -

The Hart fire destroyed 13 homes and 26 outbuildings, fire officials say, as of Wednesday morning.

Kathi Kennedy lives near the river off of Cayuse Cove in Lincoln County, and she’s now looking at what the burned landscape looks like around her home. Sunday was too close a call for her and her husband.

”The flames were surrounding Cayuse Cove,” Kennedy says.

For them, the only way out was by boat. The roads were blocked by fire.

”We were pretty sure we had lost our house because we could see flames coming up and of course the flames were coming down,” she says.

After the fire calmed down, they returned home Monday.

”Looks sort of like a moonscape,” she says. “It's just pretty amazing that anything survived down here.”

And they didn’t think their home survived until they saw the American flag waving above their home. A sign her childhood home survived.

”It's just for the grace of god and the firefighters. That’s why it's here,” she says.

Even though it’s tough to look at what’s charred, Kathi knows they will rebuild and it’ll all grow back. She’s just thankful the firefighters were there. 

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