Friday, September 30, 2022
Jan Messner's view from her front porch at her home on Brunner Road after the fire passed through the area. Photo courtesy of Jan Messner.

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Saved from the flames — and grateful
July 31, 2021 1 a.m.

Saved from the flames — and grateful

Athol woman shares her story escaping Brunner Fire

It is with gratitude and thanks that I write this. I live on Brunner Road. Friday afternoon on July 23, I heard the sound of a helicopter that was fairly close. I went outside and saw the large helicopter circling low just southwest of me. I noticed smoke coming from the trees where it was circling above. As I watched the next few minutes, I could see more and more smoke.