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Sighs of Relief: Residents return home amid Carr Fire disaster

Some Carr Fire evacuees in Redding were allowed to go home Monday. Many left in a hurry last week as the fire approached; some returned to find their homes destroyed, while others were untouched.

Posted: Jul. 31, 2018 1:24 AM

Some Carr Fire evacuees in Redding were allowed to go home Monday. Many left in a hurry last week as the fire approached; some returned to find their homes destroyed, while others were untouched.

"It's just wonderful to be able to come home would be sleeping around bed knowing that our house is still here," one resident who was overjoyed to find out his home still stood said.

Grateful was a word heard a lot today from some residents ordered to leave their homes last week as the swift moving Carr Fire came dangerously close.

Residents in Whitehawk drove back in their neighborhood the first time since they left in a hurry thursday night as fire was quickly approaching.

"We just put the seats down and loaded it in," Richard Hayden, a Redding resident, said.

Many said they grabbed what they could quickly leaving their neighborhood only be caught up with many of their neighbors in a traffic jam trying to get out of the area.

But today an emotional relief to know their homes and their neighbors are safe. Precious treasures taken in a hurry now back safely at home

"(My) son's graduation diploma," Christine Hayden said. "I grabbed a painting from my mom who is deceased, my tapestry I made as a kid."

Christine and Richard Hayden were sure they'd see this day sure.

"When you woke up Friday morning if you heard how much it had grown," Christine said, "you were like 'oh my gosh is it still here is it still here???'"

The Hayden's said they have friends who live nearby who's home was destroyed. Knowing so many others have lost so much, their heart goes out to those who weren't able to come home today.

The Sunset West neighborhood is still evacuated tonight, no word on when those residents will be allowed back.

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