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'Insult to injury': Camp Fire survivor loses home in Berry Creek

A Berry Creek man who was forced to evacuate by the Bear Fire feels devastated after he says this is the second time he lost his home by a fire, the first time was the Camp Fire.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 10:09 AM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 1:48 PM

BERRY CREEK, Calif. - A Berry Creek man who was forced to evacuate by the Bear Fire is devastated after losing his home for a second time - the first time was the Camp Fire.

Action News Now visited Berry Creek on Thursday and discovered that the Village Market and Liquor convenience store had been destroyed. 

It's just one of the many signs of destruction left behind by the Bear Fire.

Rubble on the ground, power lines knocked down and trees blackened. That is what is left of Berry Creek after flames ripped through the town.

"There are a lot of people who have been there for 50 years," said Paul Clement, a Berry Creek resident.

Clement waited until the very last moment to get out.

"I stayed up there until about 12:45 because I wasn't going to leave without seeing flames having been through the Camp Fire recently."

Clement lost his home in the Camp Fire and now the Bear Fire.

"It hurts more this time than it did last time," Clement said. He lived on Simmons Road with his wife and two dogs.

"Being that we're starting to rebuild our life...and getting things back together again and having to rebuild... is rather devastating," Clement said.

He isn't the only one who lost a home. Action News Now said a home that once stood, all that's left is the chimney. And in another image, you can see a car gutted by the fire.

"We're just very happy to get out of it alive."

So as firefighters continue hosing down flames, Action News Now asked Clement what is next for him.

"Yeah, we're going to start over again. we don't have a plan yet we've talked for quite a while about leaving California. This may be the catalyst we'll see," Clement said.

While Clement makes his decision Berry Creek remains a ghost town blanketed by smoke.

"Some people I'm sure don't have insurance. You know where they're going to go what they're going to do. It's going to be really challenging," Clement said.

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