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Greenville residents return to town for the first time since Dixie Fire destruction

Some Greenville residents were able to return to the town for the first time since the

Posted: Aug 23, 2021 8:26 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 9:01 AM

GREENVILLE, Calif. - People in Greenville are seeing the damage left behind for the first time since the Dixie Fire flames destroyed most of the town.

Action News Now spoke to one man who returned home today to find his house still standing.

Lloyd Cash's house is one of few in his neighborhood that survived the Dixie Fire. But he says even though his house is still standing, his heart breaks for his neighbors who lost everything.

“It's surreal, the pictures don't do it justice,” Cash said.

Lloyd Cash was speechless as he saw the Dixie Fire damage around his town for the first time and found that most of his neighbors' homes had burned to the ground.

"I just don't understand how it got so close and all that's gone and our house is still here," Cash said.

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Cash is glad his friends and family made it out safely.

“I'm glad that we were one of the fortunate few that still have our house and possessions, my family and animals are safe, my neighbors are safe. That's the most important thing," Cash said.

Cash shared words of encouragement and support for his neighbors who lost their homes.

“We are all gonna stick together and help each other and that we are all gonna rebuild and Greenville will be back,” Cash said.

The state will be going in and checking for hazardous materials Tuesday.

Cash doesn't know when he'll be able to return home for now he's staying with his mother in Quincy.

The Plumas County Sheriff's Office said Phase One of the clean-up in Greenville will last about two to three weeks.

After that people will be contacted to begin Phase Two where the state will allow people to begin sifting through their properties.

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