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Homeowners Stay to Fight the Flames

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Homeowners Stay to Fight the Flames

Hear Madeleine Brand talk to a man who saved his brother's house from the wildfire in California on Day to Day

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As wildfires rage out of control in Southern California, some homeowners are choosing to fight the fires on their own.

Mark Pieroni is one of them. He slipped out of his crowded motel room to check on his house and his brother's home in Poway, Calif. When he arrived, Pieroni says he discovered his brother's home was on fire.

Turning his minivan into a make-shift fire engine, Pieroni says he shuttled buckets and plastic containers of water between his home and his brother's to extinguish the flames.

While he was told by the sheriff — a neighbor — that he could not stay, Pieroni says he does not expect anyone to force him to leave. And as long as his wife and kids are safe at a motel, he says he plans to stay put.

Pieroni talks to Madeleine Brand about his decision to try and keep the flames at bay.

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