Woman Who Survived Borderline Massacre Loses House To Wildfires Within 24 Hours
Woman and her family were driven from their home in Malibu on November 8
A young woman who managed to survive the horrific Borderline Bar shooting lost her house to the California wildfires just under 24 hours after the massacre.
Deseriee Edman and her family were driven from their home in Malibu on November 8 after the wildfire ravaged the county.
The family safely evacuated but their home was complete engulfed by the fires destroying everything they owned.
Deseriee had managed to escape the horror of the shooting at the Borderline Bar in Thousands Oaks when a gunman stormed in and opened fire.
'Two-year death experiences that you just don't expect,' Desiree told KCBS of her horror 48 hours.
'I'm trying to stay strong as possible for my family and my friends. And I'm trying to look at everything as positive as I can in these types of situations.'
Desiree's sister Destiny said: 'The fact is we made it out alive, and my sister survived and we're here.'
According to the DM: Her mother Carmen described going into panic mode after hearing news of the shooting on a Wednesday night.
'I was in panic mode since Wednesday night - since that phone call - and stress levels were off the charts,' Carmen said.
She credited Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in the bar shooting, for saving her daughter's life.
'Twelve people didn't go home. Ron didn't go home, neither did Justin, Christina… all these people that were there. Good people. It's tragic that this happened in our city - in Borderline, and that Ron had to pass. It's just tragic,' Carmen said.
Deseriee and her family attended Sgt. Helus' funeral on Thursday.
Several thousand people, including hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout California, packed the Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village for the emotional service.
Meanwhile, the California wildfires have so far claimed at least 76 lives and left more than 1,200 listed as missing.
It is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history.
The blaze has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, destroying nearly 10,000 homes and more than 2,500 other buildings.