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Sifting through rubble in Yorba Linda

November 17, 2008 |  3:18 pm

On Deodar Street in Yorba Linda, the ruins of five neighboring homes lined the street. The only thing left standing were the brick pillars of chimneys -- like bookends for a pile of rubble.

Leo Caudill of Corona was helping his father sift through the rubble of the home he had lived in for 21 years.

The home was sparred complete devastation --the garage was still standing -- but the rest of the house was just a charred shell. The roof of the home was gone, and a clear blue sky lingered above the remains.

"We're just trying to dig out some pictures and a few other things," Caudill said. His father, Arnold, just barely escaped the flames, running out of the house as embers flew in.

His family picked through the rubble -- sifting out a porcelain cat, an ash-covered china plate and a wooden rooster.

--Paloma Esquivel