CNN: Group of WA Nuns Help Firefighters With a Wildfire

September 12, 2011  []

GOLDENDALE, Washington (CNN) A wildfire burning in Washington State turned a group of nuns into firefighters. The Monastery Complex Fire came dangerously close to a greek orthodox monastery on Wednesday. A newspaper photographer was covering the fire and caught the nuns on camera fighting flames.

It was a regular wednesday at their bakery when flames shot up across the highway. The sisters grabbed hoses and buckets of water doing their best to put out the flames while they waited for firefighters to arrive.

“It was just like a little brush fire, about a foot high. We started wetting it, but it was just out of control when the big pine trees started.”

Meanwhile another spot fire was burning down the road toward their cemetery and dormitory.

“We’re just praying and waiting and watching and then, these trees right behind this building shot up. And that’s when they told us we had to evacuate.”

The sisters spent an anxious night worried they would lose it all.

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