Family speaks out after losing home in Platina fire

PLATINA, Calif. - The family who lost their home in a wildfire is speaking out.

About 40 acres burned on Fiddlers Road in the Platina area Tuesday, about 30 miles southwest of Redding.

"The house is gone, the trailers gone, the kids' stuff is gone... That's the hardest part," Mary Shelton said. She lived on Fiddlers Road with her daughter and three grandchildren, ages 9, 8 and 6.

She said in the 16 years she has lived in Platina, she never thought she would get the phone call she did on Tuesday afternoon.

"They said, 'Are you sitting down?' I said, 'Yeah,'" said Shelton. That's when she was told that her ridge was on fire.

The family was not at home at the time and it was hours before they returned to the area to see what was damaged.

"As we're pulling into our driveway, we think okay everything's okay until we saw the house was gone," Shelton said.

She said they had a mobile home and several trailers on their property and all of them and their contents, were destroyed.

"I had a bible that was my grandmother's," Shelton said. "It's over 100 years old. That's gone. It was things that I'd received from my grandmothers passing that I cannot, can't replace. Let alone my grand-children's stuff so it's like, to go there, knowing it was there, and then to come back and it's disintegrated."

She said from toys to family heirlooms, it is difficult to process that it is all gone.

"It's the little things. She was upset that her cabbage patch doll was gone," Shelton said. "Her trophy from the principal math challenge was gone. Their baby teeth that were sitting on a shelf in the living room. You know, my only picture of my mother is gone."

Shelton said that their family did not have insurance, adding that she was told that her home had to be visible from the road in Platina in order to get it.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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