A woman who lost everything when the house that her deceased husband built for her was burned to the ground, was & # 39; speechless & # 39; when a fireman reunited her with the antique wedding ring that was once worn by her recently deceased mother.
Mom-of-two Patty Shales, 67, was one of 10 homeowners affected by the Getty fires in Brentwood, Los Angeles last month. Patty and her daughter Blair & # 39; ran for their lives & # 39; and only had time to catch their two dogs before their family home was destroyed.
It was recently revealed that a firefighter from the fire department in Los Angeles came across a tiny jewelry box that floated in a pool of water near the gutter on the street. Reunited with the invaluable and sentimental ring that belonged to her mother Dorothy, Patty said she & # 39; blessed & # 39; and & # 39; grateful & # 39; used to be.
Reunited: Fire Chief Jamie Moore, in the photo, had to tell Patty Shales, left, that her house had been lost due to a fire, but the silver lining was that her deceased mother's wedding ring had been found
Message: Patty, 67, said she felt the incredible find was a message from her mother telling her that everything would be fine
Speak with local news station KTLA, Patty pointed to the ring and said: & # 39; I have nothing except this & # 39 ;.
She continued: & # 39; I lived in this house for 43 years. Just before I left the house, I saw a reflection of the fire that was already in the house.
Patty & # 39; s husband Gene, a physical therapist, had the 7,000-square-meter home built in 1976. He died in 2007.
While four decades of personal items and memories were lost in the fire, the ring that popped up was something of a silver lining for Patty.
LAFD Fire chief Jamie Moore had to tell Patty the devastating news that her house had been burned to ashes, but he also had the honor to reunite her with the wedding ring.
Priceless: the family heritage, pictured, dates from the late 1950s
Found: Firefighters found the ring and gave it to Fire Chief Moore, who reunited Patty with sentimental jewelry
& # 39; When I saw that, emotion overwhelmed me. I feel she sent me this to tell me that she is in heaven and that she is fine. And that I'll be fine.
& # 39; I just feel so blessed and so thankful for the fire department. He could have just ignored that box. Although I lost my house, I survived, my daughter survived and my dogs.
Blair, who works in journal publication, wrote on Facebook that the finding & # 39; miraculous & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; We tragically lost our home in the Getty Fire [October 28]. I woke up my mother after seeing the flames and we literally ran for our lives, & she started.
& # 39; Outside, almost 5,000 feet from the original location in a pool of water, [the fireman] found what was the only one that survived the devastating fire, the wedding ring of my deceased grandmother Dorothy McDonough. & # 39;
Blair also shared that in 1994 the same ring was the only one that survived when Dorothy's house in Las Vegas burned down.
The ring was bought in the late 1950s by Patty & # 39; s father Vincent, 96.
Emotionally: the LAFD shared this image of Patty and Jamie Moore on their Facebook channels while the duo talked about the & # 39; miraculous & # 39; discovery
Destroyed: Patty's daughter Blair shared photos of the house that was burned to the ground after the devastating fire
Vincent originally proposed to Dorothy a ring that he had bought after his service in World War II, although that ring was lost in a garbage disposal.
What made it even more incredible that the ring survived the fire was the fact that Patty said it was in a jewelry box high in her closet.
She had it placed there after Dorothy died in November 2018 after a fight against cancer.
Lucky: The photo owned by Patty & # 39; s mother Dorothy, pictured, survived a house fire in the 1990s when the family lost everything else they owned
The Los Angeles fire brigade revealed that some of the houses that were claimed to be in the Getty fires were a rebuilt version of those that were destroyed in 1961 during the devastating Bel Air fire.
During the Getty fire, Lakers star Le Bron James was also evacuated from his home.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Getty fire started at 1.30 am and burned over 600 hectares within five hours.
The outlet reported that the basketball legend, 34, sent a taco suitcase to the fire brigade's first aid on Tuesday.
KTLA reported that Patty is currently staying in temporary accommodation while in contact with her insurance company.
She told the New York Times that she plans to sell the lot when the rubble is cleared.
Earlier this week, she accompanied Fire Chief Moore to a dinner in honor of the LAFD firefighters for their heroism. Of course she wore the ring at night.
& # 39; There is just no way this could happen without God in it & # 39 ;, she told the outlet.
& # 39; I can't – I couldn't save one thing. & # 39;
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