A man helped a survivor of the Oregon wildfire who was so badly burned, he didn’t realise it was his wife.
Chris Tofte had driven to borrow a friend’s trailer last Monday so that he and his family could evacuate their home in Lyon as the Beachie Creek Fire was advancing.
But the blaze was moving so quickly that by the time he started driving home in the early hours of Tuesday morning, much of the area was already engulfed.
In a panic, Mr Tofte drove frantically in the direction of his house before he came upon a badly burned person in the middle of the road.
He helped them into his car while explaining they had to hurry so he could locate his wife and son.
To his horror, the person whispered: “I am your wife.”
Angela Mosso had been singed so badly that her own husband failed to recognise her. Her clothes had all burned away except her underwear, and her feet were blackened as it’s believed her shoes had melted.
Mr Tofte rushed his wife to hospital where she was assessed to be in a critical condition, with severe burns on her feet, back and arms.
Ms Mosso was heavily sedated when she told her husband not to come back until he’d found their son Wyatt.
She’d instructed the 13-year-old to make a run for it with the family dog Duke as the flames got closer and closer to their house.
Meanwhile she stayed behind to help her mum Peggy, 71, who had recently broken her leg and couldn’t run, the Statesman Journal reports.
Eventually Ms Mosso had to leave her mother behind to go and get help, and had made it three miles from the house when her husband found her.
Tragically, Wyatt did not survive the fire. His body was found in the driver’s seat of a car at the home, with the dog lying dead beside him.
It appears he returned home to try to save his grandmother, whose body was also found in the vehicle.
They’re among at least 10 people who have died so far in the wildfires ravaging the state of Oregon, with dozens more people still unaccounted for.