A Paradise Camp Fire survivor shared the magnitude of the terrifying disaster that killed his friends, but some were angry over the grim footage.

Greg Woodcox, 58, told SF Gate how important it was to share a video of the affected areas in Paradise, California after the wildfire destroyed his town.

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His friends didn’t have much time to evacuate before the fire grew quickly, and unfortunately, they didn’t make it out alive but Woodcox lived to warn others about the dangers of a fast-moving fire.

The Northern California resident, who escaped his burning truck just in time before flames completely engulfed him, says in the video:

“I’m so lucky to be alive. I went down the canyon to a creek. It came over me, I thought I was going to die.”

He told the newspaper he pleaded with his friends to evacuate and leave everything behind.

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In an emotional interview he said:

“I’m in shock. Those poor souls. I tried to get them out, but we were trapped like rats.”

Despite his effort to save his friends, the flames torched their vehicles. He continued in the footage:

“Nobody made it. These people all got burned out. I was right down below them here. My friend, you can see he’s dead, and his mother.”

Watch the video that offended some in his community below:

Woodcox’s nephew posted the aftermath of the firestorm to Youtube on Friday. According to the SF Gate, many Paradise survivors and residents were outraged that the video was made public.

Resident Tamara Houston said:

“That was so insensitive. You don’t need to show people’s remains in the middle of such a horrible tragedy.”

However, others defended the post that showed the small community turned to rubble. One commenter wrote:

Been a wildland firefighter for 14 years and this is what the public needs to see.

Too many think that evacuation notices and alerts are “over the top” or “not mandatory” and would rather stay.

We have started asking for people who decide to stay, to give us a copy of their dental records, or if they would be willing to make a dental impression to help us identify they body. They usually get the hint but some still refuse to leave.

According to CBS, the town of Paradise was “virtually scorched off the map” by the historic wildfire.

As previously reported by Dearly, 42 people were killed by the inferno as of Tuesday, and over 6,500 homes were burned to the ground.

Watch video below:

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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5 Replies to “Man Couldn’t Save His Friends From Wildfire. Some Say the Video He Posted of Burned Bodies Is ‘Insensitive’”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think people need to see the horrific results of not leaving. No possession is worth your life. Whether it be fire, flood, hurricane, if your asked to leave the area, just go.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    That is so right grab your pets and run like he’ll nothing I mean nothing is worth your life

  • Cindy 2 years ago

    Agree, people need to see only because you can not tell at this point who the victims of this tragic – TRAGIC event were. Nothing is worth giving your life up for – Nothing. This is horrible – absolutely horrible.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He was in shock , he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He needed proof it was real . He showed so people would see and believe. Heartbreaking but may save some one else who wants to wait. Fires have no conscience they take all in their path .

  • Cynthia Copp 2 years ago

    God Bless Him
    You Can Hear The Horrific Fear In His Voice Of Losing His Friends And The Death Of Everything Around Him.
    Why This Would Be Insensitive And Awful To People For Revealing The Devastion Fire Can Cause And Consume To Life Is Ridiculous.
    People Need To See The Truth
    This Is Life
    And In A Second It Can Be Taken.
    My Heart Goes Out To All Who Have Lost Love Ones
    My Prayers Are With You
    May The Lord Comfort And Give Strength In This Time Of Sorrow
    Never Take Things For Granted
    This Will Be A Long Sorrowed Memory For Those Who Have Made It Out
    And For Those Who Have Not
    We Will Always Remember You , You All Shall Never Be Forgotten
    Thank You,
    To All That Are Helping
    ? The Lord Be With You ?

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