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. Reason

    Why would people be mad at Texas Wilbur? What have we done in the past 5 years that has been horrible?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Heh

      Threaten to secede from the Union.
      Not wanting to pay their taxes.

      Frikken Traitors.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Allen G

    it s med time or did I already take em?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phyllis Romero

    God bless you folks in Texas, and I will keep praying. So heartbreaking to watch. Victoria is correct. The people of Texas and the South as a whole are some of the first to arrive at any natural disasters. Texas people have big hearts. I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy. Some of you people should be ashamed of yourselves.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. debbie

    What is it with these mean-spirited juvenile responses and ignorant stereotypes of Texans?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • wilbur

      Its because Texas is so arrogant. worse than me even.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Seye

      debbie, they're just trash talking goobers.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Seye

      Wilbur is one of many trash talking goobers

      September 6, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. jennyy

    Gods Rath. Burn Texas burn.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • GG

      Spoken like a true Libtard.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ShavedTacos

      Wow, you are retarded.

      * God's

      September 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Burn jennyy burn. I know where your spending your afterlife.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Name*Seye

    True, the hospitals should....apparently wardens accept bribes of bj's to allow net access for those missing a lot more than just their medications, poor jimmy and the rest of the hateful posters are proof no matter how hard they try... sucking will always be what they do best!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cigarman

    NEWS FLASH: A report from FAUX NEWS just said that the Texas fires are the fault of OBAMA. Someone actually photographed Air Force One flying over Texas about a month ago and Obama flipped a lit cigarette butt outof the plane.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • wilbur

      could be, been telling bro' Obama.... just use a bong like I do and be careful with the lighter.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mangusta

    Tragic. This will be an interesting test to see if the golden boyu Perry will tell his fellow Texans to "tought it out" and ask help from nature rather the governement because foir $1 there will be $1 budget cut...
    I dont think this fly too well with people who lost it all thru no fault of their won . I even wonder what the Texans would said about this as well. When you live thru a disaster and potential loss of lives, you get a 1st hand understanding of the meaning of help and the meaning of governement. trust me..the neighbours cant always help...

    September 6, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ShavedTacos

      Get back in the basement, Gimp.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Texan

    Guess this is God's way of telling Perry that he needs to stay in Texas where he can't do as much damage.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • ShavedTacos

      Wow, you are retarded.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ted

    Just like Bachmann said, “I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians, we've had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now.'"

    Maybe the wildfires are God's response to Rick Perry.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • South Texan

      I wonder if that's what the people of New Orleans thought during Katrina when Texas took in tens of thousands of their residents? Were we Texans evil or hated then? No, in fact, taking in people in need is just normal Texas hospitality. So right now, when the fine folks from other States bash Texas here on this message board, we don't really worry about them. Simple-minded people are their own worst enemies...

      September 6, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • arrowhead

      South Texan, I don't think Ted's hatin' on Texas. It's just Rick Perry.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Allen G

    open your mouth some more and catch a few more goobers Deb

    September 6, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ShavedTacos

      Is that sperm I smell on your breath?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cherie Ralston

    To the people in Texas! Keep on praying to the Lord for the wildfire to be put under control!!
    I'll be praying for you also!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      god doesn't put out fires!! firefighters do!! can we stop talking to the mythical fairies in our head for just one moment and pay attention to reality?! focus, people!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. eddie83

    I was wondering if Perry has been praying lately for the boogie man to go away.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Allen G

    wilbur!!hhhhaaaaaahhhhhaaaaahhaa!haaaaaahhaaaaa!i cant stopp!hhhhaaahhah

    September 6, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hinterarsch

    The US should sell Teaxas and Oklahoma to the Chinese. The Chinese would make it into a free trade zone and manufacture the stuff they send to the US from China. This is job creation Obama Bamba! Get it stupid.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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