Pastor and teacher lose home in a Shady Cove fire
A Shady Cove home is now reduced to ashes and burnt debris, after a structure fire happened over the weekend.
Neighbors said the fire happened around 8 P.M. Saturday night on Hammel Rd., after a couple across the street called 911 to report the incident.
Next-door neighbor Linda Schaffer said the home belongs to Richard Bull, the pastor of the Eagle Point Community Bible Church, and his wife Becky, a teacher at Grace Christian School.
Scaffer said the couple was out of town for a wedding and learned about the fire another wedding guest who saw the house was on fire through an emergency notification app.
Shady Cove resident Kim Thurman said she saw the smoke and even heard sirens right from her porch.
“Especially with the summers we’ve been having the past few years, we're super concerned about fires especially regarding a house fire and it getting away from you," Thurman said. "Unfortunately, it turned out that I actually knew the person involved and it was someone I went to high school with, which is really unfortunate. I’m really sad for them because I know they lost a family dog.”
While investigators are still working to figure out what exactly caused this fire, the community has been coming together to collect donations. There is currently a GoFundMe page that has collected almost $5,000 to help the Bull family rebuild their home and also their future.