The 2017 Santa Rosa fire aftermath was 'end-of-the-world type stuff': Part 2

After a long night of evacuating residents from their burning homes, Santa Rosa police officers talked about how difficult it was to see the smoldering devastation the Tubbs fire left behind.
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Transcript for The 2017 Santa Rosa fire aftermath was 'end-of-the-world type stuff': Part 2
get your family and leave! Eporter: I the early morning H October 9, omais on fire Reporter: City of Santa is ihef a battle against mother nature. It' about five blocks away.re you Serious? Ah. Honest? Ye, we've been up fountagrove, it jumped the free epter: A tea of first responders including these ce T Santa Rosa tment are carryin out mandatory evacuation the midstf a raging wildfire incinerating everything in its path. 'D drive up to a that's jus completely on fire what goes through your mind? You hope that they got out. Reporter: When they thos who Ven't, it becomes their jobhem outny way possible. It's life no okay? I got elderlies inside. This one? Reporter: Officers Gonzales, when they come a senior care elderly E in irs, are stranded. The fire is right E ran into T hoe. I took one lady I the wheehair to my R, tried liftg her in. Reporter: With N and ot G options, he sgles tothis woman into the back of his car. Okay. I walk. Okay, I'll heou. Ay. Ian -- I wasting hn a lot of pain,elping her get ca lease help M ai-yi-yiylegs! I'm sorry, you've got to sit up. Okay. Reporter: Tff es compos realizes the of E is catch fire. By the time I washeeling to become Y flam. We've got to get out of he outfe. I got it, I got it. Reporter: The office make their escape and safely drive E women to an evacuatio center. You're about tnc nteers, and growing mass O evacuees. So many unsure of what lies ahead. But when a new day dawns, th hahlity is thrown focus. Just seeing when the sun came up wt Santa Rosa used loke then what it thing. Reporter: Close to 37,000 res burned more than 5,60structures ge.e neioods reduce D T ash. I felt thehange. Beuse maybe Earth had changed literal was profoundly, profoy sad. Nobodyd to have houses burwn. Ey had no anything. 'S what you Reporter: Surrounded by utter devaat santaces self F the impending Dea toll. I wasastated a the numbers of lives that I thought lost. T had lostou it sound like it was almost Tak it as a personal fa Yeah, I took on as apersonal Fae. I thought that, as hard as we works a , that the elements beat U handily. Reporter: 22ple lost theirives in that but in a city of 1700 the loss could have been far greater. Ldn't belie that it wasn't hundreds, if not close T a ousand. Rorter: Petn says the fact the deathasn't much er is a to the roism ofst responders. Police officers from all acrossorthern cafornia coming to help the city ofanta Rosa, firemen from all over the state of California coming in liketrains. I was just so proud of the way the community came together. Reporter: It's been 11 mons since the fire. Memori O that long, dark night are stiraw. I real don't think we're cop as ll as we -- we lto talk well we'r cop. Hyt's just what I see on the streetou know. We talk a good game. At least we publish a good game in the paper. See on street, the I talk on the store I think we're having a real difficult time. Sohich way should I G to gooey? Get up on the eeway. Gonorthbound. Go right. Go right? Ea sohi an area we call coffeyark. Is is our Ty. Thiss notow we want it to be on the M morean that night than I think I ever have. Ca didn't care wh people looked like, didn't attitudes, didn't really Matt U all hadhe same goal, let's get out ofre, let's keep ehother safe. And that was- it's weird to saywas a feeling. It was aorced gathering of humanity. Which timately think, you know -- things are going to okay Rorter: And Tay there are and sounds of hope. The Buzzi of a the drumbeat of a mmer.red nuisanceow weome. T a gat sohesound of there, yeah. How's it feel looking sound at this today? I feel good. This is kd of a demonstran spirit thou gh yeah, fight or fl. Anthis is fiting back. Reporteor "Nitline," I'm Clayton Sandell in Santa Rosa, califo This special edition of

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