For 24 hours since the Lilac fire broke out Thursday, Pat Bailey has been searching for her 93-year-old husband, Ralph.
“He’s been missing since yesterday morning,” she said, after checking the evacuation shelter at Palomar College on Friday morning.
She said her husband is slightly built, gray-haired and bent over and uses a walker. He may have been wearing a turquoise T-shirt, and had a blue and white parakeet with him. Friends helped her call police, fire and sheriff’s officials.
The couple live in the Rancho Monserate Country Club, near the site where the fire broke out in Bonsall on Thursday morning. Pat Bailey was out shopping when the fire erupted and could not reenter the community when she returned.
“They wouldn’t let me into my home,” she said. “I waited all afternoon.”
Police said they moved her husband, she said, but they did not provide information on where he was taken.
“He didn’t have anything with him, except his bird in a cage,” she said.