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1915 Ford Model T somehow survived the California fires

Two other cars at the same home didn't make it

The Camp Fire in Northern California is the deadliest wildfire in state history, and it is not yet over. AS of Friday morning, at least 63 people were killed, with an official missing persons list of 631 names. At the center of the disaster is a town of fewer than 30,000 called Paradise, which has been nearly entirely wiped out — 9,700 homes there have burned. In times like these, it's important to focus on the tragedies. But there can be small consolations, such as the story of a 1915 Ford Model T that emerged from the fire relatively unscathed when everything around it was destroyed.

The New York Times tells the story of a family who lost everything, save for two vehicles: an old Chevrolet Silverado and the Model T. Retiree Ron Westbrook, 74, and his wife, Bonnie Thomas, lost their house in the Camp Fire, which has covered more than 135,000 acres. They also lost their garage, and a 1941 Plymouth that was inside.

Westbrook, who had open-heart surgery just weeks before the fire, and his wife were forced to evacuate with little notice. On their way out, they grabbed nothing but clothes, choosing to leave the Model T sitting on a trailer hitched to the Silverado in their driveway. Westbrook felt it was unimportant to worry about the car while so many lives were in danger, so they left in another pickup instead.

Miraculously, despite brush on the edges of the driveway getting burned, the classic Ford went virtually untouched, sustaining only minor paint damage. For more on the story, including words from Westbrook, head to the original report at The New York Times.

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