Eric Wynalda, a retired soccer player, watched his house burn to the ground on live television as hellish California wildfires swept through his neighborhood, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports
“Gone,” Wynalda said of his home. “Brutal … Watched it burn on live TV.”
As the Tribune reports the large blaze is being called the Woolsey fire and it’s been leaving huge amounts of destruction in its wake. The fire’s intensity has been amplified by 70 mph Santa Ana winds. Thousands of homes had to be evacuated so that lives could be saved.
Wynalda said that his wife and children fled their home when they received the alert for to evacuate. He stayed back to pack some additional belongings until a fireball from the fire landed near to his home.
“Two cops were there, screaming: ‘You need to leave now. You need to leave … NOW,’ ” Wynalda added.
Although the loss of a home is devastating, Wynalda later expressed gratitude that his family is safe and sound.