Paraplegic man escapes Horse Fire with wife

A Happy Valley couple that evacuated during the Horse Fire said they need two ways in and out of their neighborhood.

Posted: Jul 13, 2019 6:52 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2019 1:12 PM

HAPPY VALLEY, Calif. - Friday evening a small neighborhood in Happy Valley was shaken up after residents were told to evacuate due to a wildlife.

"My father came in saying there is a huge explosion and saw black smoke, so my husband called 9-1-1...  The next thing you knew there were flames coming towards the house," resident Ivy Lawson said.

Lawson and her husband were on a mission to escape but they had two major obstacles. Her husband is paraplegic and there is only one road out of their neighborhood.

Lawson told Action News Now reporter Elizabeth Zelidon, "We took a while getting my husband in the car so I had to try and go through as quickly as possible."

"It was really scary," she continued. "The car got so hot going through those flames."

Now that she and her husband are back in their home Lawson is asking for a second exit from the neighborhood. She shared her concerns with Zelidon, saying her family might not be as lucky next time.

"There is an area down in the end that we are supposed to be able to get out of -- and there is a gate there now that’s locked," she explained.

We have to have a second way to get out," Lawson said. 

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