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Paradise Lost: Evacuee Sees Home for First Time Since Camp Fire

Action News Now employee Patricia Babcock saw her home for the first time since the Camp Fire raged through Paradise.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2018 12:32 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - As evacuation orders are continuing to be lifted by Cal Fire, evacuees are starting to get a first look at the homes they left behind. 

Action News Now employee Patricia Babcock is a Paradise resident and was able to return to her home for the first time since the Camp Fire raged through her town. 

PLEASE NOTE: Patricia Babcock is an employee of Action News Now and is covered under insurance. That is why she was able to briefly return with a reporter and with permission from officers. Evacuation orders are still in place for the town of Paradise. 

Babcock took the first steps on what was their driveway and front porch. She describes the scene as devastating and hard to look at. 

"It's so hard to look at," Babcock said. "All you see is devastation. It's like another planet."

She said that it's hard to recognize the place she once called home. 

"You think of your home as where you're comfortable and safe. Everything now is just black ash. You can't recognize anything." 

Patricia's brother, James, lived one door down from her and also lost his home. 

"This house was built in 1948, one of the first houses on this street," he said. 

Like some other evacuees, Patricia and James say that they can't see themselves rebuilding in Paradise but they will always treasure the memories they have there. 

"It was home," Patricia said. "I have family here, friends and neighbors. I'm worried about all of the people. It's a sad feeling when you don't have a place to go home." 

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