Great-Grandmother and Great-Grandchildren Die from Carr Fire as it Burns, No End in Sight

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July 30, 2018Jul 30, 2018

The Carr Fire burning in Northern California is so hot that it’s creating its own weather system. So far six people have died from the fire, including a great-grandmother and her great-grandchild.

With only 20 percent contained and the forecast bleak, concern over how much damage the fire can do is alarming to those in its path. It began July 23 when from an automobile malfunction.

According to CNN, at least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, California as shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain have led to the fire engulfing nearly 100,000 acres by Sunday night. Sixteen people

In addition to the great-grandmother and her great-grandchild, the fire has claimed a total of six lives, including a firefighter and a bulldozer operator trying to extinguish the blaze.

The great-grandmother, 70-year-old Melody Beldsoe, and her great-grandchildren, 4-year-old Emily Roberts and 5-year-old James Roberts, became trapped in their house when it was overwhelmed with flames.

The great-grandfather, Ed Bledsoe, could not get to his wife and their great-grandchildren in time, but he spoke to them on the phone as he rushed to try and save them.

“He just kept saying ‘Grandpa, come and get me,” said Bledsoe, breaking into sobs as he recounted his conversation with his great-grandson James. “’The fire’s coming in the back door. C’mon Grandpa.’ I sad ‘I’m right down the road.’”

The fire has destroyed 966 structures as more than 3,300 fire personnel are battling to contain it. Only 20 percent of it is contained so far.

The fire has become so massive that it’s creating its own weather system with variable strong winds, according to CNN. With no rain forecast on the horizon, it’s possible the fire could become even more explosive.

Please pray for the Bledsoe family in this painful time, and for the firefighters and persons suffering in the path of this terrible fire. Share your prayers on our Facebook page.

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