Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But ‘We Had Our Faith, Our Friends And Our Family’

President Bush, center, hugs Kendra Jeffcoat, left, and her husband Jay Jeffc...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: President Bush, center, hugs Kendra Jeffcoat, left, and her husband Jay Jeffcoat, right, as they walk through the remains of their home in San Diego that was damaged by the wildfires, Oct. 25, 2007.

We're sorry. This audio clip is no longer available. A transcript has been made available.

Jay and Kendra Jeffcoat were on a family vacation in Colorado when they learned their Rancho Bernardo home burned down in the Witch Creek fire in 2007.

When they returned to San Diego and were first able to see what was left of their home, President George W. Bush happened to be in the same area to see the damage of the wildfires and met the Jeffcoats.

The couple eventually rebuilt in the same spot.

"It turned out beautifully. It's just a place that we love," Jay Jeffcoat said. "And we lost Kendra in February but it's still very much a part of her. I don't think I appreciated the house as much as I do now because everything in it reminds me of her."

As part of our First Person series, Jay Jeffcoat told his story.

Do you have a story to share? Email it to kpbsmiddayedition@kpbs.org

FEATURED PODCAST

San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.