‘We lost it all in US wild­fire’

Blown up... from 7,000 miles away

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

A BRI­TISH dad and his fam­ily in the US have lost ev­ery­thing af­ter their home was de­stroyed in the Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires.

Keith Durn­ford, from Southamp­ton, fled with wife Ni­cole, 40, and son Dy­lan, four, when houses just yards away were en­gulfed by flames.

Mr Durn­ford, 57, said: “We have noth­ing, ab­so­lutely noth­ing. Ev­ery­thing we worked our lives for is gone…in­sur­ance won’t cover us.” Friends set up a Just­giv­ing page to help. THE drone be­lieved to have killed Sally Jones was flown by a pi­lot more than 7,000 miles away in the US desert.

Pi­lots at Creech Air Force Base in In­di­ana Springs, Ne­vada, push the but­tons on the most so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy to seal the fate of en­emy tar­gets.

The base less than 50 miles from Las Ve­gas has be­come the hub for re­motely pi­loted air­crafts used to fight ter­ror.

Es­tab­lished in 1942 as a mil­i­tary train­ing camp, it was re­named in 2005 in hon­our of the late Gen­eral Wil­bur Creech.

Screen shows satel­lite im­age and maps Head-up dis­play show­ing im­ages of ground from radar High def­i­ni­tion ‘bird’s eye’ view of ground Con­trol stick to steer the drone with trig­ger to fire weapons Du­pli­cate screens for co-pi­lot US MQ-1B Preda­tor drone with mis­sile

SAFE Keith, Dy­lan & Ni­cole

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