Couple Find Wedding Rings In Ashes Of Their Home After Wildfires Burn It To The Ground
Vast areas of land have been destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fires, which have been burning since mid August and continue to tear through northern California.
Last Wednesday, Jason and Chloe Caroll had been forced to flee their house in Vacaville, located northeast of San Francisco, as 'flames taller than trees' tore towards them.
Chloe told KCRA: "It looked like a tornado of flames. I have just never seen something move so fast."
As the fires moved closer, the couple and their two sons evacuated - knowing they had to leave behind most of their belongings, including some of immense sentimental value.
Realising they'd left their wedding rings in a wicker basket in the bathroom, Jason and Chloe tried to drive back to the house - which has been in Chloe's family for more than 35 years - only to find it was too late. Chloe recalled: "I just watched it all burning down.
"I just thought of everything: my kids' ultrasound photos, my kids' footprints from their birth."
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It wasn't until 48 hours later that Jason and Chloe were able to return to the property, arriving to see it had become a mound of rubble and ash.
Jason presumed if they ever found the rings they would be 'melted to nothing', with Chloe adding: "I thought for sure they'd be gone. I thought they'd be melted."
However, Chloe's aunt Denise stepped in to help sift through the ashes, and within just half an hour she'd miraculously managed to find the rings - completely intact - right where the bathroom had been.
Understandably, Jason and Chloe were delighted by the find, saying the rings will provide some 'hope' for the future after the devastation of losing their home.
"I didn't imagine something can be discovered, and I believed if it was discovered, it would be melted to nothing," Jason said.
Chloe added: "I acquired one thing that I believed was utterly gone.
"It offers you a bit of 'we can do this'. It offers you a bit of hope."
Featured Image Credit: KCRA