A neighbor spoke on the phone with 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe on Thursday night as the Carr Fire flames approached their neighborhood. Bledsoe was with her two grandchildren, Emily Roberts, 5, and her 4-year-old brother, James. Then the phone went dead.
Their house near Quartz Hill and Keswick Dam roads burned to the ground, and no one has heard from them since.
The community has banded together in an attempt to locate the three people. Donald Kewley, the boyfriend of Bledsoe’s granddaughter, was the neighbor on the phone with Bledsoe on Thursday, an she was screaming “It’s getting closer!” right before the phone went dead.
Kewley tried to drive to Bledsoe’s house near Quartz Hill and Keswick Dam roads, about two miles north of downtown Redding, but could get no closer than about half a mile before flames forced him to turn around.
Their family has searched local hospitals and evacuation centers in a desperate attempt to locate the displaced victims. Now they are hoping that people on social media can help them locate their family members.
— Gabriella Ward (@GabMac_15) July 27, 2018
Out of the 38,000 people evacuated, their family just hopes these three made it out safe. Family members are encouraging anyone with any information to call 530-276-4496.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine