Veteran’s American flag still stands after California wildfire destroys home
Last Thursday, Chase Bowden made a decision he never thought he would have to make.
The Army Combat Veteran and his family left their home and all possessions to escape the raging Camp Fire in Magalia, California.
"We made the decision we just had to get out of there. We started driving through people's yards, driving the wrong way on the streetwhatever it took to get out of there," says Bowden.
Bowden says in a matter of hours his home, neighborhood, and town were destroyed. "It's just devastating there's just no words to describe what's going on," says Bowden.
Days later, Bowden's friend, an emergency responder sent him a photo of the remains of his home.
The only thing left standing was an American flag he put on a treehouse he built for his children months ago. "I decided to hang the flag in it -- being a veteran, it meant a lot to me to have that in there for them," says Bowden.
The flag is the only possession on his property that remains untouched by fire. "I can tell you that that flag will be in our family for the rest of our lives," says Bowden.
Bowden joined the Army after graduating from Henrickson High School in Pflugerville. He says he met his wife while he was stationed in El Paso, and in 2009 the two decided to move to California to start a family.
Bowden says he won't be able to go back to his property for at least another three weeks. In the meantime, friends and family have shared a GoFundMe page to help with expenses as the family rebuilds.