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Man watches family home go up in flames during Hill Fire

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Hill Fire evacuees were allowed back into their Parkhill area homes on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, some woke up in those homes. Others were not so lucky. 

Lisa and Mickey Bruce were among those whose homes didn't make it. On Monday night, Mickey watched as the flames destroyed his home.

"It was completely engulfed in flames," he said. "It creates its own atmosphere. The wind would change direction. It was a lot of heat. It just moved so fast, it got into the trees."

Mickey was home alone when the flames began to approach his home on Monday. After taking his three dogs to a neighbor's home, he came back to try and put food out for the cats he had to leave behind. By that time, it was too late. 

"It was devastating," Mickey said as he described what it was like seeing his home go up in flames. 

Lisa, who just recently retired from Cal Poly, now works for RISE SLO as an event manager. The organization focuses on preventing sexual assault and domestic violence, and despite what she's going through personally, she's continuing to focus her efforts on fundraising for the organization ahead of its "Wine, Women & Shoes" fundraiser.

"That's where I am right now. I want to make sure I can do everything for them," Lisa said. "I don't want to let them down."

While many community members are stepping up to help the family, the couple asks anyone who wishes to donate to make donations to RISE SLO in their honor. 

For now, Lisa and Mickey say they will take some time to process everything that's happened in the last 48 hours and decide what to do next. 

"We have 30 days that we're just going to take to just absorb it all and talk about all our options and try to understand. We really don't know yet," Lisa said. 

The couple will stay with a close family friend in the meantime. A close friend also set-up a GoFundMe for the Bruce family. To donate, click here

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