Boy, 14, burned alive and his 17-year-old sister loses her legs after the family car caught fire trying to flee California wildfires that have killed 31

Friday, October 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

Kai Shepherd, 14, died while his family was fleeing the Redwood Valley Fire on Monday
His father Jon, 45; mother Sara, 40; and sister Kressa, 17; were badly injured and are still recovering in the hospital
Kressa had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee
All three family members are sedated at separate hospitals and may not know that Kai has died

13 October 2017

A 14-year-old boy has been identified as of one of the 31 victims of the California wildfires.

The Shepherd family – parents Jon and Sara, son Kai and daughter Kressa – called family members around 1am Monday morning, saying they were fleeing their home.

The family split up into two cars, which caught fire as they were traveling the one mile down their driveway.
They then tried to escape on foot, but became caught up in the flames.

Neighbor Paul Hanssen found Kai dead, near his badly burned mother, 40, and sister, 17.

‘He (Hanssen) stayed with the girls, kept them comfortable, and gave them water,’ Sara’s sister Mindi Ramos told KTVU. ‘They were lucid. He called 911 and got the firefighters there.’

Jon Shepherd, 45, had gotten further down the road, where he was rescued by firefighters and taken to a burn unit in San Francisco.

Family members didn’t know what happened to him until they started calling area hospitals.

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