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The Father and the Sons: From “Through the fire: a town called Paradise” at the NewNeo.

Excerpt from – The New Neo

Here’s a video of a father driving away with his two sons. There are many other videos, but this one made an especially deep impression on me, perhaps because of the family dynamics. The sons, whose ages remain unspecified, demonstrate two different personalities. One seems to manage for the most part to stay relatively calm and optimistic, the other is more doubtful and fearful. Their father is a hero, and somehow remains wonderfully reassuring as he drives through a nightmare landscape in flames (this was taken in the middle of the day). Stick with it till the end for the final question the more fearful boy asks:

The father writes at YouTube:

I was born in Paradise 47 years ago and always told my 4 kids that Paradise is safe from flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, the only thing we had to worry about was a fire. But that would never happen. Well it happened. Paradise is now hell. We had 15 minutes to get out and lucky enough my entire family is safe including our two dogs Coco and jet and our bearded dragon. We lost everything else. Please keep us and everyone from Paradise in your prayers.

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  • Dan Patterson November 14, 2018, 6:02 AM

    Close call.
    When life uncovers the unexpected and menacing things can go red before you can react. This time and for this family there was a happy, and very relieved, ending. Blessings to all involved. But what we are witnessing is more normal than any of us want to admit – devastation and ruination, dire threats, chaos, sickness are all around us and are on attack without pause. Seeing an escape like this and others sharpens the point that we all should be humble, thankful, watchful, and strengthen our families as a fortress and relief against ever-present danger.

  • Suburbanbanshee November 14, 2018, 12:59 PM

    That was freaking terrifying. No shame to that kid; I was scared just watching the video. At least in a tornado, you get to hide and stay put.

    It’s actually a good thing in an emergency to have a spread of threat reactions like that. You want people who feel the threat’s urgency and are looking around like crazy, as well as people who will start shaking later and maybe are almost too blithe. (Not to mention people who are good actors about not being scared….)

  • Bill Henry November 14, 2018, 6:40 PM

    If you notice all the cars… patiently and civilly waiting to escape..
    These types of people are the best of us..

    Imagine Detroit burning..???

    Bill Henry

  • iggy November 14, 2018, 7:54 PM


    Is it possible that with buildings in flame on BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD that there are trees with foliage intact on BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD?

    I have seen and been in fires before, close up and I do not understand how this is possible that buildings majikly burst into flame (mcdonalds?) while nearby flora remains untouched.

    I do not understand.

  • Dutch November 15, 2018, 5:18 PM

    Having gone through a similar escape 15 years ago, out through the fire, I can tell you that, whether or not they lost their home, that moment of escape will shape their beings for the rest of their lives.