GJ woman says family is safe after Calif. wildfires destroy grandmother's house

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The wildfires burning in California's wine country are hitting close to home for a Grand Junction woman, as she watches her family's history go up in smoke.

Jennell Urbanski said only the chimney of her grandmother's house is left after the flames ripped through the Northern California neighborhood.

Strong winds fed the flames that devoured much of the Napa Valley. Urbanksi said her grandparents were woken by a neighbor, and immediately her grandma drove them to safety through the fire.

"I don't know what was going through her head, what made her go as fast as she did. I don't know if she just saw the fire in her eyes and just thought go or just heard the severity from her neighbor," Urbanksi said. "I don't know how to put anything into words from it."

Urbanski hopes people will help by donating to the Red Cross, Salvation Army or any of the GoFund Me pages that have been started for families in the area.

For now, Urbanski said her family is safe at a relative's home, but the fires may soon spread there. They have to be ready to evacuate at any moment.



 
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