SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) – The Tubbs Fire exploded on a Sunday night, October 8th. By early Monday morning, the firestorm’s front and its hurricane force winds blew into the Fountain Grove area of Santa Rosa.
Perched on top of a hill along Round Barn Boulevard is the Solstice Senior Living. Solstice is an independent living community home to about 120 senior citizens who awoke from their sleep to the sound of fire alarms and to smell of smoke.
Resident Candy Butwill had recently moved in. “That was a very scary situation,” said Butwill, “Because between the fire and heavy smoke, it was thicker than fog.”