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Couple writes song about escaping Camp Fire flames

Lindsay and Jason Beltz are Camp Fire survivors who wrote a song about their experience.

Posted: Jun 9, 2019 6:17 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Lindsay and Jason Beltz are Camp Fire survivors who wrote a song about their experience.

Lindsay describes her experience as being scared for her life, "I was terrified I was going to die."

The couple has been married ten years and had made Paradise their home.

They were some of the first to escape using the other side of the Skyway

Lindsay says it’s a memory she will never forget.

"I will never forget the sound the fire was making because it was going through the trees it was this crazy whistle," said Lindsay.

"The smoke of the fire was so thick you couldn't see," added Jason.

Within a week of losing everything, the two decided to turn to music making their story a song.

"I wanted to do something a little more authentic and real from our perspective," said Lindsay.

She then got sick with pneumonia and was hospitalized, causing her to not be able to sing.

"These times we would be practicing I would be like 'uhhh' in the background."

The first time they recorded their song it was put on Facebook and got over 55 thousand views.

"So many comments of people talking about how you know it helped them or how they went through a similar thing. It's just something for people to relate to," said Jason.

Then they were invited to the Paradise Memorial held for the three month anniversary of the fire.

"There were people that were like that that has helped me, oh my gosh listening to your song was so awesome like this part I can really relate to. I did not expect that," said Lindsay.

After the memorial they were approached by a Chico State Student and able to record their song in the studio. They also caught the attention of famous filmmaker Ron Howard.

Jason said, "We've signed disclosure agreements for some of the performance like the performance at the Paradise Performing Arts Center and they have clips of us from Gold Nugget Days and they can put that in," said Jason. "But then there's the whole thing of if they actually use the song."

The couple says they are just happy to know they are helping others cope.

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