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Feather Falls man saves neighbors and helps first responders

Action News Now spoke to a man in the Feather Falls area, right on Rocky Point and Carter Rd. who saved his neighbors, his own home, and cleared the road for first responders during the Bear Fire.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 8:37 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 11:52 AM

FEATHER FALLS, Calif. - Action News Now spoke to a man in the Feather Falls area, right on Rocky Point and Carter Rd. who saved his neighbors, his own home, and cleared the road for first responders during the Bear Fire.

Gene Cardoza explained he went outside to turn off his generator and that's when he saw the glow of the fire.

"I thought well the fire is close to the boat ramp so I better see how close it is. Then I got halfway down my road and the fire was on my road on both sides of the road," said Cardoza.

Cardoza said when he got to the boat ramp he ran into multiple neighbors.

"We got down to the water and we stayed there for about three hours, I was watching the glow move, move, and move, so it got far enough away I thought it was safe enough to come up and look," said Cardoza.

When Cardoza got home he saw his house was okay, and then he headed back to the boat ramp. That was when he realized he needed his tractor to move a tree that was in the way so people could escape.

"I pushed the oak tree out of the way and told them to head for the bridge, there is no fire there, so that is what they did. Jeff said where are you going? I said back home..." said Cardoza.

"I thought the fire trucks were going to show up so I made sure the road stayed clear all night," explained Cardoza.

Cardoza added that keeping the road clear and his well safe were priorities after all his neighbors were out.

Cardoza said if there was another fire he is not sure he would make the same decision. He added he has not seen all his neighbors yet, but is hoping to see them soon.

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