Video shows Santa Rosa bus rescuing residents, escaping from North Bay wildfires

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Smoke was thick, and nerves were frayed as residents of the Brookdale Fountaingrove Center waited to get on a CityBus on October 9. (KGO-TV)

A lot has been written about the night the North Bay went up in flames.

But, now we are seeing a new perspective: a bus superintendent trying to save senior citizens - many in wheelchairs.

Smoke was thick, and nerves were frayed as residents of the Brookdale Fountaingrove Center waited to get on a CityBus on October 9.

The disaster was quickly unfolding, and time was at a premium.

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There were too many wheelchairs for the bus to handle.

Rescuers had to carry and secure them as best they could.

Passengers were terrified.

Then came the hard part: getting to shelter.

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Fires surrounded the roadway. Flames were consuming every home.

Steve Roraus told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat it felt like a "big witch's cauldron."

CityBus helped evacuate hundreds of people that night.

The so-called Tubbs fire burned parts of Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties.

It was the most destructive wildfire in California history.
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