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Man loses home to Saddleridge fire

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Man loses home to Saddleridge fire
Man loses home to Saddleridge fire
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AND WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE ONTHIS GROWING WILDFIRE -- ANDTHE IMPACT ITS HAVING ONRESIDENTS LIVING IN THAT AREAANDCOMMUTERS.23ABC'S ALEX BELL IS FILLING INFOR METEOROLOGISTALLISON GARGARO AND WILL TELL USHOW THE STRONGWINDS ARE AFFECTING THE FIREFIGHT...BUT FIRST WE START WITH 23ABC'STORI COOPER WHO ISLIVE FROM ONE OF THE HARDEST HITAREAS, PORTER RANCH , WHERESHE SPOKE TO ONE RESIDENT WHOLOST THEIR HOME TORI?I'M STANDING IN WHAT USED TO BEA HOME KITCHEN HERE ON DARBYAVENUE IN THE PORTER RANCHNEIGHBORHOOD--BUT NOW AS YOUCAN SEE THERE NOTHING LEFT OFTHIS HOME.THE OWNER IN COMPLETE SHOCK ANDMANY OTHER RESIDENTS IN THEAREA WERE ALSO DOING THEIR BESTTO PROTECT THEIRNEIGHBORHOOD."I'M VERY SURPRISED I STILLDON'T BELIEVEIT...I STILL THINKING I'MDREAMING "PORTER RANCH RESIDENT (JERRYDEMIRCI ) STILL IN DISBELIEFTHATTHE SADDLERIDGE FIRE CONQUEREDHIS HOME THAT LIES JUST WESTOF THE 1-5."I WAS AWAKE, I WAS AWAKEWATCHINGEVERYTHING YOU KNOW."DEMIRCI SAYS HE HAS LIVED INTHIS NEIGHBORHOOD FOR MORE THAN30 YEARS.

HE SAYS THE FLAMESBEGAN APPROACHING HISBACKYARD AROUND 1 AM AND LA FIRECREWS WERE ABLE TOPUT IT OUT.

BUT SHORTLY AFTERCREWS LEFT---- THE BLAZEIGNITED ONCE AGAIN."WAS GOING TO PUT THE HOSES BUTITWAS TOO MUCH SMOKE SO I COULDNT,I WAS GOING TO CHOKE SO I RANOUTSIDE."DEMIRCI SAYS THE FIREFIGHTERSIN THE AREA WEREUNABLE TO RESPOND QUICKLYBECAUSE THEY WERE WORKINGTO SAVE ANOTHER HOME ON THEBLOCK.

DEMIRCI AND HIS FAMILYUNABLE TO SAVE MUCH OF ANYTHING."WE DIDN'T TAKE NOTHING, WE JUSTTOOK OUR PASSPORTS.

NOT EVEN ONEPANTS ONE SHOE."THE DEMIRCI'S HOME IS THE ONLYHOUSE THAT WAS DESTROYED ONDARBY AVENUE.KERN COUNTY FIRE DISPATCHINGCREWS TO HELP LOS ANGELESCOUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT FIGHT THEBLAZE IN THE SYLMARAREA.MEANWHILE SEVERAL OTHERRESIDENTS IN THE PORTER RANCHAREA EVACUATING, GRABBINGBELONGS, SOMEEVEN JUMPING INTO ACTION TO SAVETHEIR HOMES AND HELPTHEIR NEIGHBORS"RUSHED OVER HELPED HIM EVACUATEBASICALLY LOADED UP THE CARSWITH ANY VALUABLE WITH STUFF WEWANTED TO SAVEAND THEN REALLY JUST WET THELAWN AND DID EVERYTHING TOPROTECT THEHOUSE FROM EMBERS."THE FIRE HAS BURNED MORE THAN 20STRUCTURES AND7,542 ACERS OF LAND.BUT EVEN THOUGH THE DEMERCI'SSAY THEY LOSTEVERYTHING, DEMERCI'S SAYS HEIS STILL GOING TO REBUILD."OF COURSE YOU KNOW, PROBABLYGOING TO REBUILD IT AND COMEBACK..

GOD WILLING."THE DEMERCI'S ARE GOING TO STAYAT A FRIENDS HOUSE FOR NOW.LAST TIME WE CHECKED THESADDLERIDGE FIRE WAS 13PERCENT CONTAINED BUT WE WILLCONTINUE TOMONITOR...LIVE..TEMPERATURES ARE FINALLYBEGINNING TO COOL DOWN AS




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