Owners of the two homes left standing in Keswick after Carr Fire intend to stay

The homeowners of the two homes left standing in Keswick stand side by side.

When the Carr Fire swept through the town of Keswick, it destroyed almost all of the homes.

But on Weiland Street, two homes stand side by side.

One of the homeowners, Jerry Thomas, says that it is by the grace of God that his home is still standing.

Thomas has lived in the home, that was built in the 1950's, for over 30 years.

"We are not going to be selling this. Our children may have to sell it. We're going to live here, and we are going to enjoy it. It's quiet out here, it's a pleasant place to live." Thomas said.

His neighbor, William, also referred to as Bill, was pleasantly surprised to find his home standing.

"It's got to be some sort of divine intervention. Somebody was looking out." William said.

Williams told us that in recent months he has lost several family members. He believes they were watching over his home when he and his wife were evacuated.

As for Thomas, he and his wife Barbara raised eight of their nine children in the home.

It is their forever home and they enjoy having their 24 grandchildren over to play on the swing set in the backyard.

Thomas says it was one of the poorest communities in the Redding area, "This is not a ritzy neighborhood, I mean we have some of the poorest people that live out here. But we have kind of a libertarian attitude toward them. We are 'live and let live.'"

His wife Barbara was feeling too emotional to talk to us on-camera.

Her husband Thomas told us that every time they drive through the town, it is difficult for both of them to see.

But Thomas and Williams say they both fully intend on staying in Keswick and helping their community and neighbors rebuild.

They know it will take years to rebuild, but they are thankful to have one another and their families during this time of tragedy.

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