Camp Fire survivor shares his story of starting over

The first FEMA trailers in Chico are finally ready for Camp Fire survivors to move-in. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng caught up with a man who says moving into a trailer will help him pick up the pieces since the disaster.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 10:13 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 8:55 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- The first FEMA trailers in Chico are finally ready for Camp Fire survivors to move-in. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng caught up with a man who says moving into a trailer will help him pick up the pieces since the disaster.

"It was hell, it wasn't nice. There was a point where I was really super extra mad," said Edward Robleto, a Camp Fire survivor. 

The 23-year-old Camp Fire survivor had a challenging upbringing.

"I've always been alone," Robleto said. 

His mother and father weren't in the picture much.

'When I was very young, my dad and my mom split up," Robleto said. 

Losing his Paradise home in the Camp Fire didn't make life any easier.

"And I just had it. There were some points where I just had it," Robleto said.

After months of working with FEMA, he got the good news he'd be moving into his own trailer in Chico. Robleto said not having a home or a job after the Camp Fire broke his heart.

"Basically the trailer is someone coming up to the heart and sewing it back together and making sure it's filled with blood," Robleto said.

Robleto lost contact with two of his daughters, ages two and six, from previous relationships.

"I want to see my kids, I want them," Robleto said. 

He says they keep him going.

"I wish they were here right now, but it's not like that," Robleto said.

In the meantime, Robleto is job hunting, determined to start over and get his life back together.

"It's something I can start from and it's gonna happen. I'm gonna do it, I can," Robleto said. 

There will be 60 households living in the FEMA trailers at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Of the 60 households, so far 46 households have moved into the FEMA trailers. 

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