Michael Shultz could not believe his eyes: A brush fire that consumed 400 acres of his Belvedere subdivision came within a few feet of his back door, singeing his tomato plant and burning patches of grass and a cedar tree nearby.
The back view from Shultz’s hilltop home is now of a valley of black, charred remains. Nearby, a melted firehose was left behind.
“Today is officially ‘hug a fireman’ day,” said Shultz, the longtime president and CEO of Austin-based Infoglide Software, who has lived at the home with his wife and 9-year-old golden retriever for the past year. “It is beyond belief we didn’t lose any houses. We are just grateful. God smiled on us.”