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'I Lost Everything': Lake Elsinore Man Vows to Rebuild Home Lost in Holy Fire

"My brother and I stayed until there were 100 foot flames right there and I turned to him and said, 'Let’s go.'"

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    A Lake Elsinore Man Lost His Home to Holy Fire Flames

    A man lost his home in Lake Elsinore due to the burning flames of the Holy Fire. The home is among 13 structures lost in the arson-related fire that erupted Monday afternoon. (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    The fast-moving Holy Fire, which exploded to 18,137 acres overnight and was only 5 percent contained Friday, claimed a house above Lake Elsinore off Ortega Highway. The home is among 13 structures lost in the arson-related fire that erupted Monday afternoon.

    "I found some forks that weren't melted. No dishes," homeowner Dan Pritchett told NBC4.

    On Friday, while sitting in what used to be his living room, Pritchett recalled the fire’s advance and how he and his brother escaped with their lives.


    Homeowner Recalls Escaping the Holy Fire

    [LA] Homeowner Recalls Escaping the Holy Fire
    Dan Pritchett spoke to NBC4 from what was his living room. He recalls seeing the Holy Fire advance and how he and his brother escaped with their lives.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    "My brother and I stayed until there were 100 foot flames right there and I turned to him and said, 'Let’s go.'"

    A veteran of living in the mountains, Pritchett has seen fire before, but nothing like this and so close.


    Holy Fire Arson Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

    [LA] Holy Fire Arson Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

    The man suspected of starting a wildfire in Cleveland National Forest appears in court Friday Aug. 10, 2018. Forrest Gordon Clark's arraignment was postponed during a brief hearing in Santa Ana. 

    (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    "It’s loud. It’s really loud … One hundred foot flames right in front of me."

    While surveying the ashes of his home, he spots his favorite cup, picks it up and drops it to the ground.

    "I lost everything, but I will rebuild," he said.

    Friend set up a gofundme site to help raise funds for the recovery.

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