Many people died after the fires in California, some of them managed to escape, and while others succumbed to the fire. At least four people have been killed also in fires in Oregon and Washington state.
Young boy Wyatt Tofte, 13, succumbed to the fire on Tuesday in wildfires in Marion County, Oregon, together with his 71-year-old grandmother, Peggy Mosso, a family spokesman told CNN.
His grandmother was found dead in a burning car while her daughter and Wyatt Tofte’s mother, were nearby trying to save her. His mother Angela survived but was in critical condition. Both her husband and Tofte’s father, Chris, survived.
Wyatt Tofte was found in another vehicle, and therefore the family believed he ran and got into the car thinking it would be protected from the enclosing flames, a family member said.
After an extended seek for Wyatt, he was found in a car with his dog on his lap, but unfortunately, he was not able to save himself from the fire.
He was an adorable little boy who loved to fish and play video games, like many children, said Susan Vaslev.
The family said they would like to thank all the emergency staff and the people who helped with the search. They appreciate the respect and care they received from everybody throughout the tragedy.
The father of Wyatt’s Chris Tofte searched for his wife, son, and mother-in-law as the fire raged around him. On Tuesday, he found his wife badly burned, walking along the road to their home.
He did not recognize her at first, he told her that he was looking for his wife and son, then she replied that she was her wife.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said that this was the biggest loss of life and property in a fire in their state’s history.
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