PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California businesswoman has taken in a 93-year-old World War II veteran who doesn’t know if his home in Paradise is still standing after a deadly wildfire swept through.
Tracy Grant encountered Lee Brundige while she was handing out hamburgers to evacuees at the Forebay Aquatic Center in Oroville, which is about 20 miles south of Paradise.
She says she convinced a reluctant Brundige to follow her home after sheriff’s deputies told people to clear out of the parking lot because of the smoke and worsening air quality.
Grant’s boyfriend, Josh Fox, brought home bags of new clothes for Brundige. Her small dog Axle keeps Brundige company in the recliner they share.
Brundige lived alone. His son in Southern California knows his father is OK.