The New York Times tells the story of a family who lost everything, save for two vehicles: an old Chevrolet Silverado and the Model T. Retiree Ron Westbrook, 74, and his wife, Bonnie Thomas, lost their house in the Camp Fire, which has covered more than 135,000 acres. They also lost their garage, and a 1941 Plymouth that was inside.
Westbrook, who had open-heart surgery just weeks before the fire, and his wife were forced to evacuate with little notice. On their way out, they grabbed nothing but clothes, choosing to leave the Model T sitting on a trailer hitched to the Silverado in their driveway. Westbrook felt it was unimportant to worry about the car while so many lives were in danger, so they left in another pickup instead.
Miraculously, despite brush on the edges of the driveway getting burned, the classic Ford went virtually untouched, sustaining only minor paint damage. For more on the story, including words from Westbrook, head to the original report at The New York Times.