Meadow Lake family loses everything in fire | KOB 4

Meadow Lake family loses everything in fire

Brittany Costello
May 27, 2018 10:18 PM

MEADOW LAKE, N.M. – Board by board, a Meadow Lake family is cleaning up what's left of their home after it went up in smoke two weeks ago.


With no insurance, the family has very few options – the fire destroyed everything.

“You can’t really wrap your head around it when it happens,” said Angelo Montour, the man who owns the house. “My pastor called me and says, 'Are you guys OK?’ And we said, ‘Yeah we're fine, why?'

"He says, 'Well, your house is on fire.'"

Montour said he received that phone call while on a trip to Albuquerque just 30 miles away. He said his adult son was home that afternoon on May 11.

“The whole front porch and kitchen area was engulfed by the time he realized what was happening, and he was pretty much trapped he did have to knock out the window,” Montour said.

He escaped with minor injuries, but nothing else could be rescued. A blanket of smoke ate away at what the blaze didn't destroy – 32 years of memories and melted mementos.


“We're not going to get back her baby pictures, her drawings that she made for us which were all memories, her pictures on the wall from school,” Darlene Montour said.

With no home insurance, the family of four is now crammed into an RV. A tarp positioned at the front of their home is being used as a makeshift shower.

“We just, every day, we get out we step out of the camper…we just got to see where it takes us,” Darlene Montour said.

While they pray and pick up the pieces, their close community friends are asking for help.

“This is what it’s all about, each of us helping the other in whatever way we can,” said Lila Cooper, a friend from church.

You can help by donating here




Brittany Costello

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