Two Years After the Carr Fire: Shasta County couple share story of strength and resilience

Renee and Steven Glassburn spend most of their days here in the garden of their new home, a stark difference from when they first moved in, just three months after the Carr Fire.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 6:29 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 6:45 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.- Renee and Steven Glassburn spend most of their days here in the garden of their new home, a stark difference from when they first moved in, just three months after the Carr Fire.

Sitting in the gazebo of their new home, Steven and Renee sat down with Action News Now to share their story of strength and resilience.

The Glassburns never imagined the fire would reach their home.

“It was going toward west Redding. Friends who lived in Downtown Redding were evacuating, people across the river were evacuating, it was just a scary, horrible thing going on and people didn’t know where to go,” says Renee.

However, a call from their pastor’s wife notified them that they had to evacuate.

“She said you’ve got to get out, the fire is coming over the hill. Cal Fire is coming up Zogg Mine Road, which is where we lived, coming up the road to evacuate everyone,” says Renee.

The Glassburns found out their home was gone from a video a nephew texted to them.

“I realized my house was gone and I said we didn’t know and I have to go find your uncle and tell him,” says Renee. In a matter of minutes, twenty-five years of memories destroyed.

“You’re never going to get rid of the scar, it’s too deep, it’s not going to happen, but we’re never going to give up on God,” says Steven. “He’s going to take care of my wife and grandson and he’s going to make sure everything’s alright.”

The Glassburns tell Action News Now they’re ready to make new memories in their new home even as they hold on to pieces of their old home.

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