Valley man says both parents lost their homes in California fires

Posted at 3:51 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 22:14:33-04

As wildfires claim homes and lives in California, Phoenix residents are starting GoFundMe pages to help families and communities devastated by the fires.

Scottsdale resident Brett Farmiloe is one of them.

"Watching the city that you love burn down and all your childhood memories and all the places ...just seeing it go up in flames is the toughest thing,” said Farmiloe.

Farmiloe says his parents both went to bed Sunday unaware that in just hours they would be forced to evacuate.

"We had 15 minutes to get out, my family did and luckily they did, but you lose everything, you lose all your possessions. You lose your home and you’re left with a lot of question marks," said Farmiloe, who spent Monday fielding text messages and searching for his parents.

"He (father) was on his way back to find his home and his whole neighborhood, 4 blocks just complete annihilated,” he described.

Soon after he found his mother, who lives just miles from his father. Both lost their homes and have just a few pieces of clothing left.

“On Facebook it's just a scrolling feed of people posting pictures of their house completely annihilated. Everyone's saying it's like a bomb went off and leveled places people were living in and happy the night before," said Farmiloe.

Farmiloe has set up a GoFundMe account to help both of his parents.

Joey Cazarez is another Valley resident looking to help. He has started up a GoFundMe to help the residents of Coffey Park, near Santa Rosa California after learning about friends and family that are displaced. 

As of today, he says it's unknown if his friend's Grandmother who was evacuated has a home to go back to. 

"Yesterday we knew her house was okay, today we got news there was a nearby fire by her house so we're waiting to see the news about that," said Cazarez.

To contribute to Cazarez'a GoFundMe, CLICK HERE.