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This family just barely escaped a California wildfire, and lived to tell their story

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By KARSEN BUSCHJOST

RENO, Nev. (CIRCA via KRNV) — The Camp Fire in northern California has become the deadliest wildfire in the state's history as 42 people have died.

Many families have evacuated their homes and do not know the conditions of their houses.

One family, which was evacuating its home in Paradise, California, barely survived the flames.

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The mother of the family says she just stopped and prayed in her car after thinking she and her family had no chance to escape the fire.

"My mind was totally like, 'that's it,'" Carolina Restrepo said.

That later turned into a very happy and unexpected moment for the family.

After hearing that her children’s school was being threatened, Restrepo picked her kids up and started driving away from approaching flames but soon after, she hit a roadblock of abandoned cars.

“We had to run away from the car; it was like an oven. My shirt got burned, my son's back got a little burned, and it was like, 'this is too much,'” Restrepo said.

After a failed attempt to run away, the family got back in their car to find a different route through abandoned vehicles and eventually made their way 20 minutes south to a local church shelter in Biggs, California.

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Good Samaritans Justin and Jessica Boschma, who are currently in Fresno, offered their home to the Restrepo family.

“I’m just grateful we have a place to stay in. I’m not sure even we even have our house anymore,” Restrepo said.

Though Restrepo doesn’t know if her house is still standing, she says the family members are lucky to be alive.

If you would like to donate to victims affected by the Camp Fire, click here.

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