Paradise Fire Hero Drove Through Flames to Rescue Others

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Paradise fire hero Allyn Pierce is the director of ICU at Paradise Hospital. Or was. Paradise Hospital caught fire in the recent Camp Fire in California that devastated the entire town. But in a heroic action, Allyn was driving with a friend away from the conflagration, but turned his vehicle around and went back into the inferno to save others.

We previously posted the story of the Paradise devastation. But there are heroes emerging from the ashes. One of them is Allyn Pierce.

Keep in mind this video- we posted it before, but you should watch it again to see the absolute inferno that surrounded Paradise.

Allyn was driving his Toyota Tacoma, and came within minutes of it burning up. Did he keep running away? No he turned around and went back to the hospital because there were Paradise residents who needed medical attention.

This was the view from his truck:

Screenshot via Twitter- @jacknicas

According to Wall Street Journal reporter Jack Nicas, who tweeted as he reported,

Allyn held his coat against the window – a futile guard from the intense heat – and put on Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” to calm himself. He recorded a goodbye message to his family: “Just in case this doesn’t work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out.”

When they arrived back at the hospital, there were several residents needing treatment. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, police set up triage in the parking lot and broke into the facility to get gurneys, and other emergency equipment…until the hospital caught fire.  They then moved the injured to the helipad about 100 yards away as the fire roared around them.

Eventually, authorities were able to clear a safe path out of the fire. So they loaded everyone up and drove out in a caravan. Everyone made it out. Allyn is quick to say that it was a group effort and they weren’t heroes.

“This is what we do. Any nurse, any healthcare worker, any cop, they were there and they all did their jobs.” Allyn Pierce

But not everyone would have turned their truck around and headed back into the raging inferno. That makes him a hero, as well as all who were with him. According to Jack Nicas, it appears that Toyota is giving Allyn Pierce a new truck. That would be a well deserved gesture.

The Camp Fire in Butte County is the most destructive in California history. The death toll today stands at 61, with over 600 still missing.  Searchers are going through the ashes, hoping they don’t find more victims, but the death toll is expected to rise. The fire is only about 45% contained at this point, and spans at least 142,000 acres according to calfire.



Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter @jacknicas.