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Man who lost home in Hill Fire working to pick up the pieces

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The Hill Fire has burned through hundreds of acres east of Santa Margarita, burning homes in its path to the ground. 

Cade Bolin, 21, had lived in his Parkhill Road home with his parents and younger sister since he was four-years-old. 

On Monday, Bolin and his dad did all they could to try to keep the flames from reaching their property, but it was too late. 

"There's nothing left," Bolin said as he looked over what was once his childhood home for the first time. 

In 24 hours, the home he woke up in on Monday was nothing but ash by Tuesday. 

"It hurts," Bolin said. "All my childhood memories right here, everywhere I used to play just burned to the ground, everything touched with fire."

Bolin said five dogs and a litter of kittens died in the fire. 

"There is absolutely nothing left," he said. "Our boats are gone, my boat's gone, my dad's truck from high school is gone."

Digging through the debris, all that Bolin found salvageable was his class ring from Atascadero High School and some bangles that belonged to his sister.

Despite losing everything, Bolin said those material items are incomparable to his family. 

"You don't really realize how valuable your family is, where you live, how grateful you should be until something like this happens and it's gone," Bolin said. 

Bolin's home is on a property with two other houses that are still standing. An outbuilding belonging to one of his neighbors was destroyed.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Bolins get back on their feet.

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