By Alice C. Newgen, Reporter
Stories dating back to Biblical times tell of individuals and sacred objects being delivered from fire and destruction. A family in Ramhurst can relate to that from a recent occurrence that took place during a storm last week.
On Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 6:20 p.m., Dewayne Bain, who is the Fire Chief and EMA Director for Murray County, acknowledged the fire department received a call concerning a small out building in heavy fire involvement on Rymer Road in Ramhurst. In total, there were six personnel that went out on the call.
Oliver and Althea Walraven have been married for over sixty years says daughter Geneva Taylor from Chatsworth. She said the couple has lived in their Ramhurst home for around forty years.
While Taylor was at Chatsworth Church of God on Thursday afternoon a storm came through the area. She heard sirens go by not knowing the fire trucks were headed to her dad and stepmother’s home.
Bain said, “They were dispatched at 6:21 PM and they arrived on the scene at 6:34. That was Engine One. The first truck went on the scene in five minutes. The truck in Ramhurst was on the scene at 6:26 PM.”
“There was a tree behind their shed and lightning hit it,” said Taylor. “When it hit that tree it caught the building on fire. They have a propane tank that is just six feet from the house and that building. Thank God it didn’t hit the propane tank or house. It burnt the contents of the building except for the Bible. The edges were a little singed but it didn’t burn the words or the cover.”
Their granddaughter Tiffany Welch was looking through the charred remains of what was left in the shed when she found a Bible says Taylor.
Welch says there were actually three Bibles that were spared from the fire. A TBN devotional Bible, a Precious Moments Bible, and a small green Bible were found in the rubble.
She said, “There were a few shirts and photos that were burnt but savable. The Bibles were the only things that weren’t completely destroyed.”
“I just think that it is amazing that God’s Word survived and It will not be done away with by fire or anything else,” said Taylor.
About the Bibles being spared Bain said, “Books in general don’t burn because the pages are so tight together. I have over the years seen where the outer cover of a Bible may be destroyed but I have never seen one burn up.”
Taylor says she doubts if her 87 year old dad will rebuild the shed.