Family With Local Ties Faces Tragedy Head On in Colorado

By: CNN Email
By: CNN Email

The wildfires in Colorado are affecting thousands of families, even one with ties to the Brazos Valley.

In 2011 KBTX told you about four young College Station boys who lost both parents, their mom died in her sleep and a few months later their dad from a heart attack. The boys moved to Colorado Springs to live with their grandmother.

This week their home was destroyed in the wildfire along with most of their possessions.

For fire victim Susan Solich and her grandsons Justin, Conner, Brandon and Tyler their pain and heartbreak began long before the flames hit their neighborhood. In the fall of 2010 Susan’s daughter Kim, the boy’s mom, died in her sleep. Then just three months later the boys’ father Nolan died after a heart attack.

“I spent a couple months packing the up, packing up their lives and moved them here (sobs) sorry,”said Susan.

Susan, now had four grieving grandsons to take care of.

“It kind of feels like sadness in my heart. I just miss them so much. Most of the time I think why me but that's pretty much normal because people who go through think things like 'why me, why does this happen to me?'
(reporter: Do you ever get an answer to that question?)
No, not really.

They managed the best they could.

“It's been a struggle, we've been in some counseling we've gone up and down but everyone's doing much better.”

And then the fire came, forcing them to pack up what few things they could and head for safety.

“And as we drove could just see in our rearview mirrors the side of the hill just exploded , there had to be 40 fires , just BAM!”

Grandma’s house was destroyed. The boys would have to start over yet again.

“(reporter: Conner, tell me how all this makes you feel?)
Like a little kid.
Like a little kid he says.
(reporter: Does it feel better when you are sitting with your grandma?)

They gain strength from each other and a few special possessions.

“(reporter: What was the most important thing you got?)
Probably my mom and dad's blanket. It makes me feel safer.
(reporter: What would you say to them if you could have them back for just one day?)
That I love them so much.”

Susan says when she needs strength she gets it from the boys, even when it’s hard to make sense of what has happened. She’s not sure if she will rebuild in her old neighborhood, but she knows that no matter how uncertain their future, they’ll take it on together.

“You can't just walk around feeling sorry for yourself. You have a lot of people to consider and if you fall apart what's going to happen? So it's like you know what? We're all together, we're safe, and it’s just stuff and you know we can replace it. We'll always have the memories.”

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PO Box 6428
Colorado Springs, CO 80934

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