BONE, Idaho — Jeanette Empey has titled the photo ‘The Fireman’s Guardian.’
If you take a close look, you’ll see why.
Empey’s husband, Bruce, took the picture on their ranch in Bone on Tuesday as the Henry’s Creek fire nearly destroyed their property.
“My husband and son went up to the ranch Monday night after learning the fire had jumped the Bone Road and was heading toward our place,” Empey tells EastIdahoNews.com. “Firemen showed up and told my husband the cabins were going to be a loss and, for safety reasons, he should leave.”
Empey said her husband and son went up on a cliff that overlooks the ranch and “all they could do was watch it burn.”
The following morning, the Empeys returned to see the damage and were shocked to see their cabins still standing.
“The cabins hadn’t burned. They were saved,” Empey said. “But, soon, the wind returned and the fire flared up again. Then, I got a text that said ‘The fire is 15 feet from the cabin.'”
Empey said she said a prayer and, once again, the fire stayed back and their cabins were saved.
“There is an oasis in the middle of all this burned land,” Empey said. “To me, that is a miracle.”
Bruce and the Empey’s son remained at the ranch to help distinguish hot spots and to monitor conditions.
At one point on Tuesday, Bruce snapped the photo that appears to show an angel in the midst of flames.
“If you look closely, you can see a ghostly figure floating above the tree,” Empey wrote when she posted the photo on her Facebook page Tuesday evening.
Since then, it’s been shared nearly 1,300 times.
Empey said she’s thankful their cabins survived and credits family, friends, firefighters and, yes, angels for protecting them.
“Everything is burned except for around the cabins,” Empey said. “I know the Lord was helping.”