Grandfather tells about the frantic phone call from his grandson as California wildfires closed



Lethal Carr wildfire swells to nearly 100,000 hectares

Jeff Paul reports from Redding, California on the management and destruction.

A California man who lost his wife and two grandchildren in California destructive Carr Fire revealed Monday the last phone call that he received from them before they died in the flames.

Ed Bledsoe lost his wife Melody Bledsoe, 70, and grandchildren, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts 4, in the Rescue of fire, which has become the ninth most devastating forest fire in state history. Bledsoe recalled the phone call he received from his grandson while he tries to get supplies.

“He say:” grandpa, then you have to come and help us, the fire to the back door,'” Bledsoe told CBS Sacramento. “I said,” I’m right by you honey. Hold on. Grandpa is coming.”

Two firefighters have died fighting against the destructive Carr Fire.


Bledsoe said that he did not realise how close the fire was to the house, and the hell made roads impossible to navigate, according to CBS Sacramento.

“My wife wrapped in wet blankets. She wet a lot of blankets and put them down on the side of the bed. She got a wet blanket and on her. Over the top of them, and they lay there until the fire took them,” Bledsoe said.

Amanda Woodley, the granddaughter of Ed and Melody, shared her grief in a Facebook post over the weekend.

“I said,” I’m right by you honey. Hold on. Grandpa is coming.”

– Ed Bledsoe

“The family who lives in the city are all together mourning 3 beautiful souls,” she wrote. “My heart is broken(.) I can’t believe that this is real(.) I keep seeing all their beautiful faces.”

Bledsoe told CBS News, he knew a warning to evacuate his Rescue home for the hell engulfed.

“If I would have a kind of warning, that I had never, ever left my family in that house,” Bledsoe said.

Officials were investigating whether the Bledsoe home received a warning call or a knock on the door to evacuate, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said. There were a door-to-door notifications made in the area, ” he said.

More than 800 homes have been destroyed in the Carr fire.


The blaze two firefighters were killed and four civilians as well as the destruction of 818 residential units and 311 outbuildings and damaged 165 houses, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

The officials said the Carr Fire about 23 percent contained late Monday.

Fox News’ Amy Place, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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