Two things prevented these two small fires from causing catastrophic damage/death. The first is that the hay bail in the chicken building was next to a hose. The fire melted the hose and water then sprayed all over the burning hay. The second is that someone was out at the farm at 6am to pick up some geese to take to the state fair.
Both fires were extinguished quickly with little damage. At first we all thought it was some weird fluke (mostly because we didn't want to think someone would set those fires on purpose).
The following night left no doubt that the fires were not a fluke. Whoever started the first two fires came back, this time dousing the doors to the chicken pens with diesel fuel before trying to light the building on fire.
We think that Bess, the farm dog, and her pup, Shadow, interrupted whomever was setting the fires because not much had been lit.
Again, the fires were noticed quickly and put out before anyone or anything was killed. The damage was more substantial this time, but still manageable.
I only work there and I feel violated. I can't even begin to know what Kristin and her family are feeling. It seems that someone is specifically targeting her, which leaves her with some tough choices.
Does she give up her chicken business and hope that whoever is trying to hurt her leaves her alone? Or does she keep doing what she is doing and risk someone she loves getting hurt or killed?
Again, I can't imagine what she is going through, but I do know she is tough as nails. I offer as much support as I can, but I still feel like it isn't enough, that I should be doing more.
So I made this for her, in hopes that it helps her on those days where she could use some words of strength.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Gandhi
Stay strong Kristin, you will get through this.