JEFFERSON — The wind howls around the tiny camper on Brown Road, gently rocking the temporary shelter back and forth.
The sway of the camper has become routine for Vicky and Charles Kidd, who lost their home in a fire on Jan. 14. The Kidds now live next to the charred shell of their burned-down home — a constant reminder of their loss.
“Some days I just don’t have to words to describe how hard this has been,” Vicky said.
The smoke alarms went off in the Kidds’ home on Brown Road in Jefferson at 3:20 a.m., but there was no smoke in the air, Vicky said, but she peered into the electrical outlet and saw little flickers of fire.
“It didn’t seem like much,” she said, “but we knew, obviously, that fire in the wall was not good.”
With the smoke alarms screaming, Vicky and Charles assessed the situation. Vicky woke up her 4-year-old granddaughter and ran outside for safety as Charles tried in vain to extinguish the fire.
“I got us out the door and turned around and saw that the whole house was full of fire,” she said. “There was nothing we could do — the house was totally consumed. We are honestly lucky to be alive.”
The goal, Vicky said, is to either buy a trailer or build a modular home on the land, so at least they can stay on their property.
The Kidds will host a benefit potluck dinner on March 2 to help raise funds and get them out of the little camper for good. The meal will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Dorset Community Center and will include food, a deejay, raffles, a silent auction and door prizes.
“A lot of local businesses have donated to the raffles and the auction and the door prizes,” Vicky said. “We are so grateful for the support. The community has been so gracious.”