Simon MacMichael October 13 2017
A pregnant woman in California has told of how she put her children in a bike trailer and cycled through the wildfire that has ravaged large parts of the state’s wine growing region north of San Francisco. Others to lose their homes to the fire, which has claimed more than 30 lives with hundreds of people missing, include former pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer and a bus driver for the Cannondale Drapac team.
Charity Ruiz from Santa Rosa had been attempting to flee the firestorm by car but she, her husband Mike and their two children became stuck in a traffic jam on a street where buildings were already ablaze, reports CBS Local.
She said: “Honestly, I’ve never in my life felt like I was going to die like that moment. Not just me, but my girls and unborn baby.”
Ruiz ran back to the family home and grabbed her bike as well as a trailer to put her two daughters in.
“It was hard. I didn’t want to tip over,” Ruiz continued. “I didn’t want to fall. I just kept yelling at the girls, tell me if you’re okay!”
She met up with her husband later after a stranger gave her and the two girls a lift to the house of a family friend.