The city re­duced to ash

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

NOTH­ING is left of a neigh­bour­hood but ash, rub­ble and burned-out cars af­ter the rav­ages of a wild­fire. Block af­ter block of Santa Rosa’s sub­urbs were razed by one of the 17 blazes that have so far claimed 21 lives across north­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The city was rav­aged by the Tubbs fire, which also dam­aged a Hil­ton ho­tel and de­stroyed a mo­bile home park. In its Cof­fey Park area, Bruce and Lisa Coats looked over the re­mains of their house in de­spair. A state of emer­gency has been de­clared in sev­eral coun­ties and some 20,000 peo­ple have fled, with 2,000 homes and busi­nesses feared to have been de­stroyed. In Sonoma County alone, 300 peo­ple were listed as miss­ing but 110 had been found so far. And last night Lynne Tol­ma­choff, of the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion, warned: “The po­ten­tial for new fires is there.” It is the dead­li­est Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire out­break since 2003 and the sixth dead­li­est since records be­gan.

HOR­ROR BLAZE Scene of dev­as­ta­tion in Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia LOST Bruce & Lisa Coats at ru­ins of their home

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