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Lone fire leaves eight people without a home

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jun 04 2013 08:44:25 PM CDT
PALERMO, Calif. -

A day after the Lone Fire in Palermo burned two homes and seven outbuildings, several former residents spoke out about the devastation.

Investigators said a series of 10 fires might have been caused by a vehicle with a mechanical problem or a chain dragging on the pavement sparking.

Eight people were burned out of their home, and it wiped out a 15-year-old olive orchard.

The Lone Fire burned almost 300 acres in the Palermo area and destroyed two homes belonging to the Quiles family.

“You had the washing machine, boilers everything burnt to a crisp,” said Harry Quiles.

Quiles was in shock seeing his dad's olive orchard go up in flames Monday afternoon.

“The whole family is devastated.  We have seven brothers and five sisters and we are all devastated,” said Quiles.

The Lone Fire ripped through the orchard, and burned two family homes. Harry Quiles' father saw the destruction from inside of his home.

“One of the gentlemen that lives here got my dad out and put him in the truck and then he got my mom out,” said Quiles.

The fire destroyed the entire orchard – an orchard that meant the world to Quiles' dad.

“He loves it here, it meant everything to him,” said Quiles.

Quiles said that the family lost everything. He added that their seven chihuahuas  were trapped inside the home and unfortunately did not make it out.

“He's still in shock and still can't believe what happening,” said Quiles of his father.

Quiles explained that the only thing they can do at this point is stick together.

“We are just going to get together and help my dad out,” said Quiles.

Quiles told us that his dad plans to rebuild his orchard.