Residents return to find homes destroyed by Clover fire

POSTED: 6:56 PM Sep 12 2013   UPDATED: 11:17 AM Sep 13 2013
Homeowners return to Clover Fire burn area
IGO, Calif. -

Many families returned to their homes Thursday after being evacuated due to the Clover fire.

For many, returning home was scary for families who did not know what to expect.

"I thought it would be bad but not this bad," said Michael Chavez, who lives at a house owned by the Hayward family. "I thought maybe the back side of the deck would be gone or side of the deck or around it but nothing like this."

"I was expecting all black but I didn't know this stuff would be left like the bricks and stuff," said Gracie Chavez.

The home was destroyed.

Michael said he had minutes to leave the house and within 15 minutes his backyard was on fire. He returned on Thursday with his two daughters to find his home a total loss.

His 10-year-old daughter, Gracie, said she wishes things were different.

"When we passed all the houses that weren't burned I wish that this house was just like that," said Gracie.

Up the road, there was another family taking it all in. They asked to remain anonymous but said they were out of town when the fire happened. Today, they came face-to-face with their loss. 

They said they are thankful their home was saved, and that they were able to find one of their dogs, even though the other is still missing.

And while their home did not burn down, they did lose their shed, which held a lot of important collectibles.

"You’re not going to find stuff that I got in that shop. Not gonna find it. You just can’t go out and buy it -- that's what's hard," said one of the owners.