The big story is staggering, but besides the terrible numbers - acres scorches, buildings lost - CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports there are the little stories that sometimes reveal most.
"I had a lot, a lot of toys, books," said 4-year-old Andrew Stanley, whose parents, Bryan and Michelle, lost everything when their house in Yorba Linda, just south of L.A., burned down. "Every single day I play with them, but now today, I don't have them."
They were left with nothing ... or so they thought. The family teddy bear, which first belonged to Bryan's mother and survived the World War II London blitz, also withstood the Yorba Linda firestorm of 2008.
The heirloom wasn't even burned, said Bryan. "My whole house is gone, but I've still got the bear."
I saw this on CBS news the other night and it was something that brought tears to my eyes. This little teddy bear from England has been with this man for some 43 years. It belonged to his mother and she gave it to him when they had to leave England to come the US. It has survived through WWII and now this horrible fire. They also found the wedding album and the wife's wedding ring safe and sound in a drawer upstairs where everything, including the floor had been burned to ash. Tonight on the News they told the story again plus they had a picture of the man when he was just a little boy with his Teddy Bear. Just one of many heroic and strange stories coming out of these fires.
I hope Disneyland once again has a Firefighters Heroes Day at Disneyland. They have done it before and after these worst yet fires, they should do it again.