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Couple loses almost everything in California wildfire

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Kelly Thomas just had time to gather her animals on Tuesday when the evacuation order was issued for Berry Creek, California.

(CNN)Kelly Thomas just had time to gather her animals on Tuesday when the evacuation order was issued for Berry Creek, California.

Her husband Brad doused their house with water in a desperate effort to save it from the North Complex Fire, which has burned more than 252,000 acres since it was sparked by a lightning fire on August 17.

Family helped them get a small travel trailer, she said.

Kelly Thomas said her horses and zebra were rescued and her mom and four cats are staying with someone else.

"It's been a wild few days to say the least but we are grateful to be alive," she said.

Brad Thomas found a desolate scene when he returned Thursday to see their home.

"We just had to know," Kelly Thomas said.

The house was destroyed.

He found burned-out vehicles and equipment around the yard.

She said their insurance had been canceled before the fire because a neighbor had dumped cars and other junk too close to their property.

"I had just paid it off and put it in my name Monday," she said.

Brad Thomas is a former heavy equipment operator.

Kelly Thomas said they were grateful to be safe.

The North Complex Fire has killed at least nine people, including a 16-year-old boy who was fleeing the area in his vehicle, according to Butte County authorities.

More than a dozen were missing, the sheriff's office said this week.

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