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Berry Creek couple's home survives the fire

Reporter Kristian Lopez visited the town Thursday and was able to confirm that one couple's home was still standing.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 8:46 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2020 9:37 PM

BERRY CREEK, Calif. - The Bear Fire, which is now called the North Complex West Zone, has devastated communities across Butte County and destroyed several homes. One of the hardest hit areas is Berry Creek.

Action News Now Reporter Kristian Lopez visited the town today and was able to confirm that one couple's home was still standing.

There is devastation seen all around Berry Creek with many homes and businesses destroyed, but one house completely survived the fire. Action News Now spoke with the couple, Barbara and Larry Garrett, and they say they still can’t believe it. 

"We were pretty much set for retirement for the rest of our lives but then we started thinking...now we might not be," said Larry. 

You can still hear the crackling of the flames in the town of Berry Creek.

Multiple homes and businesses completely destroyed by the flames from The Bear fire. The Garrett's didn’t know if their house was still standing until they received a picture from a friend.

"We could see our house in the background of it," said Barbara. 

On Thursday, reporter Kristian Lopez stopped by the couple's home which was completely untouched by the flames, but some of their neighbors weren’t as lucky.

Barbara says, "We worked really hard to make our home fire safe, just as our neighbors did, but they didn't get enough time to clean up before they evacuated."

For now the couple is staying in an RV park until they are allowed to return home.

"Just have hope out there if our house made it maybe yours did too," said Barbara. 

They say they know it will be a long road to rebuilding in the town of Berry Creek but they are just thankful they have a home to go to. 

The couple says this is the second time they've had to evacuate, they were also forced to leave their home nearly two years ago when the Camp Fire hit in 2018.

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