12-Year-Old & Grandmother First Confirmed Deaths Due To Oregon Wildfires

Chris Toffe

Chris Toffe

The Salem Statesman Journal reported Chris Tofte's search for his wife, son and mother-in-law as the fire raged around him.

Thirteen-year-old Wyatt Tofte of Lyons, Oregon, and his grandmother Peggy Mosso, 71, are among them.

While the Sheriff did not identify the boy or his grandmother, family members have identified them as 12-year-old Wyatt Tofte and his grandmother Peggy Mosso.

A 13-year-old boy is one of the fatal victims of the wildfire devastating the state of OR in the US.

The three initially escaped the house with their dog and three cats, setting out in one of the family's cars.

About 500,000 Oregonians, over 10% of the Beaver State's population, have been ordered to either evacuate or prepare to do so.

It's one of at least 35 wildfires burning in Oregon, said Gov. Kate Brown, according to The Oregonian. The car's tires were already on fire and melting.

Mosso was found dead in a auto that went up in flames, as her daughter and Wyatt Tofte's mother, Angela, stood nearby attempting to save her. Angela survived but is in critical condition.

He told the Statesman Journal that he spotted a woman on the road, dressed only in her underwear - her bare feet severely burned and her hair and mouth completely black.

She also knew that in order to save herself, she'd have to make the agonizing decision to abandon her mother, who had a broken leg and was scheduled for an operation days after.

Angela Mosso walked almost three miles on the hot asphalt.

Chris Tofte was driving into the fire to look for his family, from whom he'd been split up.

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As Tofte struggled to navigate the dark, smokey road, he nearly ran over a barefoot woman in her underwear with charred hair and a blackened mouth.

As he helped the woman into his vehicle, telling her he needed to go save his son and wife, the woman whispered that she was his wife.

Once in the vehicle, Tofte turned around and sped back toward the blockade.

He drove to a checkpoint and left his wife with the paramedics then drove towards his house to find his son.

But at that point, the fires had spread even farther.

On social media, friends and relatives posted photos of Wyatt and thousands of people shared his image. Wyatt Tofte, 13, died in the wildfires in Marion County, Oregon.

"After a long search for Wyatt, he was found in a vehicle with his dog on his lap, but unfortunately, was not able to escape the fire". Mosso's remains were also found in the auto.

"I don't need to go into too much detail but obviously. he turned around to go try and save his grandma", Bertalotto told The Associated Press.

Angela is now being treated at the Legacy Emanuel Hospital Burn Center in Portland.

She learned on Thursday of the horrific losses she and her husband had suffered.

"Wyatt, just the sweetest little boy; loved to fish, played video games, like a lot of kids, just a very sweet polite, boy", said Susan Vaslev, a family spokesperson.

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