SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In what was a neighborhood called Coffey Park, a firefighter stared out at the kind of fire-ravaged rubble he's seen so many times before. But for Robert Nappi this was different.
That rubble on perk place in Santa Rosa used to be his home.
"The whole place looks like a bomb hit it. I can't believe what I'm seeing. It's unbelievable," said Nappi.
We caught up with him as he was talking on the phone with his wife. She was asking him to look for her wedding ring.
Nappi is a firefighter with the Rancho Adobe Fire District. He was on the front lines in another part of Sonoma County, evacuating people from the very same fire that took his home .
"It's one thing to be on the helping side. But to be on the receiving side is a whole other set of emotions. I'm used to helping people not having people help me.," said Nappi.
His wife and two year-old daughter are safe. A friend had told him his house was gone. But this was the first time he was seeing it for himself. It's the only house his daughter has known and all of what's hers is gone too.
"A lot of it is my daughter's art from school. She's two, but her paintings, I was going to put together a collage. There were things i was going to give her from my childhood," he said.
Nappi says his family will stay with relatives and see about rebuilding. And he will continue to try and save other homes from meeting the same fate as his.