Two California residents who were found dead near their fire-ravaged home had been packed and ready to evacuate but changed their minds due to erroneous information, according to a report.
Philip Ruble, 68, was found inside a charred Toyota pickup truck at the home, while Millicent Catarancuic, 77 was found in an embankment in the area six days ago, CNN reported, citing Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.
“After speaking to family members, it is believed the pair was aware of the fire in the area,” Honea said. “They had packed their belongings in preparation to evacuate but later decided not to evacuate based on erroneous information that the fire was 51 percent contained.”
Ruble and Catarancuic lived in Berry Creek, which has been all but destroyed by the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex, whose death toll has risen to at least 15.
Berry Creek was under an evacuation order as of 3:15 p.m. Sept. 8 – and