Families search for pets & belongings in deadly Santa Rosa wildfire


Multiple fires have swept across the northern Bay Area leaving at least 10 people dead. 

The Tubbs fire started around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Santa Rosa and grew to more than 25 thousand acres. 

The monster inferno left a neighborhood unrecognizable. All that’s left standing in some homes were brick walls. 

“I can’t believe it. I’m in shock,” said Chris Cortese, who lost his childhood home. “It’s something I never would’ve expected.”

Cortese grew up in a home near Coffey Park that is no longer standing. 

“All of my friends growing up, most of their families live in this area,” he said. “Driving here I could tell where the houses were supposed to be. It’s sad.”

Authorities evacuated his parents early Monday morning with no time to grab sentimental items like pictures. 

“Unfortunately, with my parents and brother, literally their pajamas. They didn’t have a chance to change their clothes,” said Cortese.

Every firefighter in Santa Rosa was called in to battle the flames. 

“I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before,” said Kirk Jackson who lost his home. “It’s still setting in. Still in shock.”

Jackson escaped with his wife, kids and some of his pets. He’s still missing his pet Whiskers whom he was still searching for Monday.

“Just wondering if anything was still standing or if my one little cat I wasn’t able to get was still poking around somewhere,” said Jackson.

As hot spots continue to flare up, some residents are hosing down their homes to keep them from burning.

“That’s the hardest part once you realize the stuff you did every day. The memories you made are not there,” Jackson said.

There’s no word on what started the fire. The Sonoma County Sheriff said they are already seeing problems with looting. The city of Santa Rosa has set a curfew in the mandatory evacuation areas from 6:45 until sunrise. Violators could be arrested.

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