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‘We won’t watch our neighborhood burn’: Neighbor refused to evacuate Glass Fire to help save homes in Napa County

ANGWIN, Calif. (KGO) — The small town of Angwin in Napa County was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after fear the Glass Fire may move into the small community home to 3,800 people.

Unlike most people, Dave Babcock stayed behind.

“I’ve been going around here cleaning out the gutters on this side of the street… often when you see houses go up… it’s because of the gutters,” he said.

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Babcock considers himself an ordinary guy, but to his neighbors he’s a hero.

“I was up most of the night watering down the houses and watching where it was going,” he said.

Babcock and his neighbor have been taking turns staying up to keep an eye on six homes along their street.

“We won’t watch our neighborhood burn.”

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“This is brave what you’re doing,” ABC7 News reporter Stephanie Sierra said. “Do you get scared?”

“No I’m a firm believer in God,” he replied. “I hope we get through this.”

Evacuee William Kenner is also relying on his faith – even though he already lost everything.

“12 vehicles, two cabins, it’s been in my family for 105 years. Yep, all gone,” said Kenner.

Now, he’s committed to helping others not go through the same pain.

“I’m trying to protect my friends place, it burned all the way around there last month,” he said. “We’re just expecting it to come over the hill… we’re doing the best we can.”

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Neighbor stays to help homes from burning on Mountain Hawk Drive in Santa Rosa

One resident of the Skyhawk Community in east Santa Rosa sent his family away Sunday night but vowed to stay and protect his home and those of neighbors.

Jas Sihota, 49, a radiology technician at Kaiser Permanente, worked to help save four neighborhood homes using garden hoses.

“I’m no cowboy, I just didn’t want to lose my house,” he said.

Sihota knew the situation was dire when he saw his maple tree bending from the wind Sunday night. Beyond that, he saw a completely red sky.

He told his family to leave and he remained, as he said he had done in previous evacuations for the Tubbs and Kincade fires.

Seeing embers the size of golf balls, Sihota sprayed the roofs of his house and several others before flames arrived. Later, he said, he saw fences and landscaping catch fire and doused them.

At least a dozen homes were destroyed in the Skyhawk Community, the bulk of which on the stretch of Mountain Hawk between Brigadoon Way and Nighthawk Drive.

Sihota’s home survived and he has remained in the neighborhood despite power being out. He purchased a whole home generator last year to power his house.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin Fixler at 707-521-5336 or [email protected] On Twitter @kfixler.

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Good Neighbor to remodel, expand kitchen

A migrant girl enjoys lunch Thursday at Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville. (Ryan Henry/The Brownsville Herald)

Knocking down walls, expanding, buying new ovens, microwaves and prep tables are now in the works at the Good Neighbor Settlement House after the non-profit received a grant of $175,000 through the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation that will help with the expansion and improvement of their kitchen.

Hugo Zurita, executive director at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, said the grant was much needed since the kitchen has never been remodeled and does not hold enough space to have prep tables and other applianches such as ovens that would make it easier to serve healthier options to the community.

“We approached them and applied for it because our meal program is the heart of our organization, that’s what we’re known for providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for the community here in Brownsville,” he said.

“Our kitchen is pretty small, is not the biggest and is not suited for us to be able to do bigger meals and cook more, so just having one stove that worked at that time was really difficult for us to be able to feed so many individuals. Our numbers did double through our meal program during the pandemic, so we were really happy that we were really happy that we were able to get those funds.”

Zurita said the plan is to be able to better assist the community with their needs. The remodelation will also include an expansion to the kitchen pantry, allowing the Good Neighbor to take more donations and have them organized for faster access.

“The plan is to be able to better assist our community so we don’t have an oven, so now we are able to purchase ovens to be able to bake stuff

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