‘Paradise is lost,’ but minister and wife escaped deadly wildfire ‘with the clothes on our back’
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Worship services for the McLoud Church of Christ in Oklahoma were interrupted Sunday when its parsonage caught fire.
The home of the church’s preacher, Douglas Tibbits — along with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and four granddaughters — was destroyed by the blaze, along with most of the family’s possessions, local news station KFOR reported.
Susan Tibbits, the preacher’s wife, was home sick when the fire began — the family believes it was caused by a pellet grill — but she escaped and was able to notify church members. The Tibbitses’ cat and dog also survived, though 11 puppies were killed.
A GoFundMe for Douglas and Susan Tibbits has nearly reached its $10,000 goal to help them with emergency expenses and temporary living costs. A separate fundraiser has been created for their son, Brandon, wife Rachael and four children.
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