As the community searched for the whereabouts of two children and their great grandmother in the midst of the Carr Fire on Saturday, their family’s worst fears were confirmed.Â Â Emily Roberts, 5, her 4-year-old brother, James, and their great grandmotherÂ Melody Bledsoe, 70, were killed while trying to escape the quick moving fire.
The family confirmed the deaths withÂ KCRA 3 on Saturday.
This now brings the death toll of the Carr Fire to five, withÂ the passing of Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke andÂ 81-year-old Don Smith, a privately hired bulldozer operator.
Donald Kewley, the boyfriend of Bledsoeâ€™s granddaughter, was on the phone with Bledsoe on Thursday, an she was screaming â€œItâ€™s getting closer!â€ right before the phone went dead.
Kewley tried to drive to Bledsoeâ€™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.
The tragic loss of these five people will be felt in the community for a long time to come.
The Carr Fire is still moving fast, with over 80,000 acres burned and over 500 structures destroyed. The fire remains at 5 percent containment.