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.
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.
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.
Watch video below: