Bledsoe and his wife had raised the two great-grandchildren since birth.
"It was nearly like a tornado with fire in it and it came over the hill and it wiped out our house, it wiped out our next door neighbor's home", she said. On the phone with him as he rushed back home was his 5-year-old great-grandson, who pleaded with him to hurry.
"He's saying, 'grandpa, please, you've got to come and help us, the fire is at the back door, '" Bledsoe told CBS Sacramento.
The worst blaze, in the USA state's north, has killed six people since Thursday, including a 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren aged four and five. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said authorities found a sixth victim of the blaze at a home that was consumed by flames, though he declined to say where. "Temperatures will remain 5-10 degrees above average for the region, and dry/drought conditions will continue with little to no rain expected throughout the week".
A wildfire roaring out of control Sunday in Northern California has claimed at least five lives, burned hundreds of homes and driven more than 30,000 stunned, mourning residents from their communities. By Thursday, the blaze had grown to 28,000 acres.
A vehicle problem ignited the fire July 23, but it wasn't until Thursday that the blaze exploded in size and raced into populated areas west of Redding before entering city limits.
Just off Marconi Avenue, you'll find the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento, where all this week from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. the goal is to fill boxes with items to help anyone affected by the Carr Fire.
"Firefighters are making good progress". The Carr Fire had been burning for four days at that point and Bledsoe said he didn't realize the fire was coming into his neighborhood. The individual, who was found in an undisclosed residence, was told to leave because of the fire but declined to do so, he added.
Residents still have not been allowed to return to their homes. It's unclear how many have been victimized, or how many incidents of looting have been reported.
However, experts say this has been the worst start to the fire season in 10 years - partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation.
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Melody Bledsoe's husband, Ed Bledsoe, said he had gone to get supplies when his house caught fire.
Bethel Church will open up as a distribution center Monday at 9 a.m. Donations will not be accepted at the church, but at Salvation Army. Family members confirmed Saturday that they died.
"My wife wrapped them up in wet blankets".
"Grandma did everything she could to save them", Woodly wrote.
A day later, what remained of the Bledsoe property was surrounded with crime scene tape.
The GoFundMe page said the couple had been caring for their two great-grandchildren for years.
He also said his family was never told to evacuate.
Also among those who died are Redding Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke and Don Ray Smith, a privately hired bulldozer operator; both were killed while trying to contain the fire.
A Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park firefighter, identified as Capt. Brian Hughes, died fighting the Ferguson Fire after he was struck and killed by a tree Sunday, according to a statement from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
A fire truck drives along Highway 299 as the Carr fire continues to burn near Whiskeytown, California on Saturday. "Erratic winds and hot dry conditions resulted in greater growth and increased fire behavior during night operations".