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Camp Fire survivor’s new home nearly burned in Chester

Action News Now spoke with one man who lost everything in the Camp Fire only to almost lose it all again in Chester.

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 4:55 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 4:55 PM

CHESTER, Calif. - Some people are returning to Chester after being evacuated for weeks due to the Dixie Fire.

Action News Now spoke with one man who lost everything in the Camp Fire only to almost lose it all again.

The Dixie Fire got extremely close to Paul Ng's house. He said he moved to Chester after he lost everything in the Camp Fire. This time though, his house is still standing.

Ng returned to find his neighborhood and home completely covered in retardant. 

"The only thing I had on my mind was that I hope it wasn't a repeat of Paradise where I had nothing left when I came back," said Ng. 

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It was a close call, firefighters stopped the flames just a couple of hundred feet away from Ng's neighborhood.

With the evacuation order in Chester now just a warning, Ng is seeing the aftermath for the first time, thankful it's not a repeat of 2018.

"Thank God for that, a lot of people were praying, I was praying, we feel fortunate, thanks to the firefighters and all the crews that came to help because without it we wouldn't have anything," he said. 

Ng still has a lot of cleaning up to do around his house but says that's the least of his worries right now.

Some people in Ng's neighborhood have returned to their houses others are still waiting.

At this time, the town of Chester is still under an evacuation warning.

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