Man survived quadruple heart bypass only to die in Carr Fire

Daniel Bush
Daniel Bush, 62, perished in Redding fire three days after returning home from dangerous heart surgery. Handout photo

The 110,154-acre wildfire in Shasta and Trinity counties has chalked up a record as the 7th most destructive fire in California’s wildfire history.

Authorities say it has so far damaged or destroyed 1,236 structures and killed 6 people.

Carr Fire also stands as one of the deadliest (Ranked 13th) wildfires in California history. The deadliest was the Oct. 1933 Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles that caused the deaths of 29 civilians who were trying to put out the brush fire.

Meanwhile, Daniel Bush, 62, has been identified as the sixth fatality of the Carr Fire.

His sister, Kathi Gaston, told the Redding Record Searchlight that her brother was caught up in the Redding fire last Thursday, just three days after returning home to recuperate from quadruple bypass heart surgery.

He was worn out from the surgery and didn’t have the stamina to escape even if he had heard the order to evacuate.

Gaston told the Record Searchlight that the family checked up on him twice a day. She said she was stopped by a Sheriff’s road block as she made her way to help get him out.

Two firefighters and two children and their great grandmother were the other victims of the fires.