Words cannot express our gratitude for all of the prayers, thoughts, help and encouragement offered to our family during the difficult time after our house fire. So many individuals have reached out to help us.

Please know that each of you made a big difference in helping us get out of the house in time and then transition to our new home. I really don't know where I would be without you.

As a family, we are truly blessed to be a part of this caring community. I am still amazed by how many of you jumped at the opportunity to drop off essentials, help us move and collected items and money.

I would first like to personally thank our angel, Nate. His heroic deed made it possible for my husband and children to make it out of the house unharmed, just before it was engulfed in flames. His quick thinking and care made all the difference.


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I will never forget how he banged on that door at 1:30 a.m. to wake us and made sure we were all out safely. He put his own safety aside to be sure that my husband, our 2-year old, our baby and I were all safely across the street, as the house roared on fire. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

I would also like to thank Amanda and Mark, Ike and his loving family, and all of our other neighbors on Winters Lane for the essentials and safe harbor that night.

Thanks so much to our Community College of Baltimore County family, who have really been our rock during this difficult time.

Thank you to the United Methodist Church, St. Mark Church, and all the other community and religious centers that jumped at the chance to help us out.

Thanks to everyone — too many to name. You know who you are and we are truly blessed to have you in our lives.

We also want to let everyone know that we are doing fine. We moved into a temporary home, are safe and starting to mentally recoup. Our children are fine and don't really remember that night, other than the excitement over a fire truck.  

Nicole and Mohammed Zairi

Elkridge