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Man who survived Katrina lost home to Glass Fire

California resident Jeff Lyles is no stranger to the kind of devastation brought on by natural disasters.

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In 2005, his family was living in New Orleans, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit and saw firsthand how lives were turned upside down by the storm.

Now, 15 years later, the Lyles family lost their home in Deer Park, California to the Glass Fire, which ignited overnight Sunday. That same evening, while watching the New Orleans Saints play, Lyles had a suspicion his home fell victim to the wildfire.

“I got a notification on my phone that said our alarm system had lost radio contact with the cell tower at seven something on Sunday night,” Lyles told NBC News over Zoom Thursday. “And that’s when I sort of started to accept what I could be walking back into.”

When Lyles, 33, and his dad pulled into their

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