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Dozens Of Homes Destroyed And Damaged By Clover Fire
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Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 9/11/2013

In California, hundreds of homes are still threatened and evacuations remain in effect thanks to the Clover wildfire. The flames erupted Monday and have now burned at least 7,000 acres. About 110 buildings are damaged or destroyed, including dozens of homes. Nick James has the latest. With a dzed look on his face, Jack Elliot is back home for the first time, knowing, he's one of the lucky ones. "I dont think there's a tree that was untouched even a little bit," says Elliot. His house, in Happy Valley, is nearly untouched. Surrounded by damage on all sides, he turned away to collect himself, before telling us about Gloria's home just next-door, that burned to the ground. "We've been here 21 years and she's a good friend," says Elliot. The fast-moving Clover fire ripped through home after home in Shasat County. There's nothing left here but a swimming pool. Down the street, a swingset is about the only thing still standing, the swings, melted. Eric Sawyer says he had next to no waring to evacuate. The fire was there and gone in minutes. "It came over the house like a freight train, it turned dark, and the little night lights came on and you couldn't hear nothing," he says. His home was thankfully spared, but for so many others, picking up the pieces, means starting over. "I worked really hard on the house and just finished it recently, and nowm, it burned so, that's, I don't know," says Jennifer Nickens, a fire victim. As firefighters slowly gain the upper hand, neighbors are banding together, in this small, remote community, ready to face the rebuilding process, together. "I have a home to go to but my friend's houses are gone and is just devastating to me," says homeowner Joy Silveria. "Anything I can do for 'em, I can do for 'em."
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