Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has said he believes in miracles. It’s the name of his autobiography — “A Glass Full of Miracles.”
Now he has a new reason to believe in them. He returned to his home in Calistoga on Oct. 24, after two weeks and two days as an evacuee during the wildfires.
The next morning, he said he was surprised to see a fire truck enter the driveway. Aboard were the Cal Fire first responders who had saved his house and the vineyard adjacent to it. They returned to make sure that everything was in order.
The firefighters told Grgich that on Monday, Oct. 9, the fire came from the direction of Franz Valley School Road and went up the property burning the trees. They dug the soil to make a ditch, went up to Petrified Forest and hosed the property with water to prevent the fire from crossing the road and spreading toward Calistoga.
Grgich said, the flames stopped “miraculously,” right before the propane gas tank near his house.
“I believe that God and the Blessed Mother helped the firefighter heroes in their battle with the flames and protected the house from burning down,” said Grgich, who has a statue of the Virgin Mary at the entrance to his home.