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Oroville man loses his home in the Bear Fire

One man from Oroville says he stayed behind to try to protect his home but it was consumed by the flames.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 5:33 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2020 5:50 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Firefighters continue battling the Bear Fire burning through Butte County.

Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with one Oroville man who stayed behind to try and protect his home.

"I have risked my life quite a few times in the last few hours," said Ben Anderson.

Anderson shared a video he took Tuesday night which shows flames ripping through his neighborhood on Lumpkin Road. 

He says he tried to save his home but it was ultimately completely consumed by the flames.

"I was sprinkling drops of water around my house while this crazy inferno is devouring everything around me. I stayed around to see how fast it progressed and it progressed faster than anything I've ever seen before," he said.

He says for now he plans to stay with friends in Chico until he figures out what comes next.

Cal Fire crews are working on getting people out safely and working on structure defense.

They could not confirm how many structures have been destroyed but there was at least one vehicle destroyed and a few structures burned on Lumpkin Road, including Feather Falls School. 

Click Here for the latest updates on evacuations in Butte County.

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