Wild­fire kills five try­ing to es­cape by car

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Nick Allen

FIVE peo­ple burned to death in their cars as a wild­fire en­gulfed the town of Par­adise in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Only a day af­ter it be­gan the fire quadru­pled in size to more than 100 square miles and lev­elled the town, about 180 miles north-east of San Fran­cisco, which has a pop­u­la­tion of 30,000. More than 2,000 fire­fight­ers were bat­tling the blaze,

Res­i­dents fled in panic with some crash­ing their cars. Mark Bass, a po­lice of­fi­cer, said the evac­u­a­tion was “just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road”.

With fires burn­ing in both north­ern and south­ern Cal­i­for­nia 157,000 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated, in­clud­ing much of the city of Mal­ibu.

Among the evac­uees was Kim Kar­dashian West, the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star.

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