September 6th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Texans flee wildfire through road of flames

As the sun set on an airport hotel parking lot in Austin, Texas, Roger Cosby needed to tell his story.

He had just witnessed a sight that many Texans are battling - a devastating wildfire.

The state's largest blaze, a massive, uncontained fire in Bastrop County near Austin, has scorched some 25,000 acres, destroyed at least 470 homes and forced about 5,000 residents to evacuate.

That wildfire on Sunday was near the house Cosby shares with his companion of nine years, Cindy Boyd.

Cosby was taking a nap, while Boyd was working in their shop, making decorative plates.

Then Boyd smelled smoke.

"Roger, we have to go now, we have to go now," Cosby recalls Boyd saying as she woke him.

The Bastrop home that Boyd has lived in for 26 years was on fire.

Cosby says quickly jumped into their car with a few belongings and sped down a long driveway with flames surrounding them on both sides.

"It was like opening the door of an oven," Cosby says.

He says he fears they have lost everything: the house, a workshop, a greenhouse, a truck and worst of all - six acres of trees surrounding the house.

Roger Cosby holds decorative plates, some of the few possessions he was able to salvage.

"It was Cindy's forest," says Cosby, standing next to their getaway car.

He says they hope to return to the house on Tuesday for the first time since the fire to see if anything survived.

"It's all gone. There is no way anything could be left," Cosby struggles to say.

Boyd's forest is now likely a scorched, version of the area she loved so much. They assume charred limbs are all that remain.

Cosby says they have no plans to rebuild on the land they love so much because they believe it will never be the same.

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  1. Allen G


    September 6, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. BIG TEX

    Them is some mighty purty plates pardner. Im shore glad you got to rescue them. I bet you can get 2 dollars each for them at a yard sale.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ShavedTacos

      What's up dick sucker?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark S.

    I wish they wouldn't let half-wit morons like you pri-cks near a computer before you've have your meds. Stoopid pukes.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Yeddo

    Poor folks! Wtg, Gov. Scary Perry!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Johnny

    Didn't Rick Perry recently have a prayer rally for rain in Texas?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Reason

    LOL, Big Tex that made me laugh. I love people like you who go on life with stereotypes and ignorance about the world. I am from Texas and do not speak like that at all. No I am not near the fire at all. Also, those plates may have sentimental vaule to him

    September 6, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas

    The hospital need to monitor who the allow online.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • wilbur

      HOspital...? They give you your meds yet this morning?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. prplsr

    God will destroy USA for all its evils and doing crimes for israel and jews. this is nothing what is yet prepared

    September 6, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Reason


    September 6, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stacey B

    Have a heart, you jerks. These are people who have had their lives destroyed.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • wilbur

      its texas. its Heck. they got flames. such is Heck. if it were california or somewhere important i would care.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Victoria

    It is really pathetic that some of you feel the need to come on here and crack jokes about the situation. When the people of New Orleans needed shelter, food and clothing, the citizens of Texas were there. We took people into our homes that we knew absolutely nothing about. When other states have experienced catastrophes (hurricanes, mudslides, etc.) our firefighters, rescue personnel and private citizens have been there ready to help in anyway possible. In fact, a large group of people left here heading towards the east coast ahead of the hurricane to help. I don't agree with the politics of Rick Perry. Up until recently, I was a die-hard Democrat. How I feel about Perry does not give me the right to diminish the worth of millions of people.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • ggcanada

      well said-i don.t understand USA so much hate

      September 6, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yeddo

    Proving that prplsr is one who shouldn't be near the computer yet...

    September 6, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. derp

    Can't governor Perry just organise a "Pray the fires out" event?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. wilbur

    Texas in the flames of Heck. Mayb God is mad at Texas....who isn't?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • lkinaustin

      Wilbur, why are you mad at Texas? What have we done to you? Don't blame Bush or Perry on us – we didn't force them to run for President and CERTAINLY not all of us voted or will vote for either of them. Your compassion is amazing – I hope if you are ever in such dire straights and there are only Texans around you, you'll find out what great people live in this state.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yeddo

    Perry is part of the reason why these poor Texans are out of their homes and have lost their belongings. He has cut so much out of the budget that Texas is ill-equipped to handle this catastrophe. His hardline stance against the fed. govt. has made declaring a state of emergency impossible, just so he can save face. He is Texas' single worse enemy!
    Texas has my well wishes, but Perry sure as hell doesn't!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Quanah, TX

      You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Perry has reasons for his hardline stance against the current administration of the Federal Government, and Perry didn't start the rift!!! I do appreciate your well wishes for the state, which few others will give us. For that I thank you. For the other, please do a bit of research on the subject.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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