My friend Lou Ann and I had been having a wonderful time enjoying Ocracoke's marvelous December weather (the temperature today is in the upper 60's), when we received a phone call from Lou Ann's son in Indiana. He and his wife and two children came home last night to see their burning home surrounded by dozens of fire trucks. The house was fully engulfed in flames and was beginning to collapse into the basement. They lost the house and all of their belongings. At least no one was injured.
Lou Ann will be leaving in the morning to be with them. In the meanwhile Ocracokers have been collecting personal items to send to her family.
We had all been enjoying Lou Ann's visit to the island, and looking forward to several more days of her contributions to our community, but we understand that she needs to be back home at this time. We send all of our thoughts and concerns, as well as clothes & toys.