Irish Daily Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRISTO­PHER BUCK­TIN US Ed­i­tor FROM PAGE ONE chris.buck­tin@mir­

MIL­LIONS of Amer­i­cans were un­der threat last night as six fast-mov­ing killer fires ripped through Cal­i­for­nia.

At least five peo­ple have died in the “de­stroyed” town of Par­adise and more than 150,000 peo­ple have had to flee.

At its height, one of the blazes was “grow­ing un­con­trol­lably” at a rate of 80 foot­ball pitches a minute.

Celebri­ties were among those or­dered to flee A-lis­ter haunts Mal­ibu and Cal­abasas.

Kim Kar­dashian said: “Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evac­u­ate our home. I pray ev­ery­one is safe.” In all, more Larry Mur­phy than 20 mil­lion peo­ple were un­der red flag alerts last night – fac­ing a threat of “ex­treme fire be­hav­iour”. One blaze – Camp Fire, in Butte County, in the north of the state – had grown to 70,000 acres yes­ter­day. The five Deirdre van­ished. It is un­der­stood they were work­ing in Kil­dare on the day the teenager went miss­ing.

A source said: “Larry Mur­phy is liv­ing in the UK and gar­dai have trav­elled there to in­ter­view him.

“Po­lice have been mon­i­tor­ing him but a crit­i­cal part of pro­gress­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is to talk to the sus­pect.

“Larry Mur­phy’s in­ten­tion is to never come back to Ire­land – he is hid­ing in the UK where no one knows him and that’s where he wants to stay. He has a girl­friend there and is liv­ing a quiet life.”

Gar­dai have spo­ken to Mur­phy and have asked him about Deirdre. Sources said their in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pro­gress­ing but they do not have enough to make bod­ies in the Butte County town of Par­adise had been found in gut­ted ve­hi­cles in the same area of town.

Sher­iff-coro­ner Kory Honea said: “Due to the burn in­juries, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion could not be im­me­di­ately made.”

Par­adise res­i­dent Whit­ney Vaughn said that as peo­ple were driv­ing out of town many aban­doned their ve­hi­cles, “run­ning with ba­bies and kids”.

She added: “Some­one rammed our an ar­rest. Deirdre was 19 when she van­ished from her home in Rose­berry, New­bridge, Co Kil­dare, on July 28, 1998.

Gar­dai up­graded her dis­ap­pear­ance to a mur­der af­ter the Force’s Se­ri­ous Crime Re­view Team car­ried out a de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion file.

Of­fi­cers have gen­er­ated 3,000 sep­a­rate lines of en­quiry and 2,500 state­ments have been taken and cross-ref­er­enced.

In re­cent months they also met with peo­ple with new in­for­ma­tion.

And they have rein­ter­viewed oth­ers who spoke to them pre­vi­ously. Sources ve­hi­cle. There were no fire­fight­ers in sight and I am hop­ing all of th­ese peo­ple made it out.”

Yes­ter­day wor­ried keep­ers at LA Zoo were be­gin­ning to evac­u­ate the an­i­mals.

Woolsey Fire, which is threat­en­ing Ven­tura and Los An­ge­les coun­ties, had grown to 12,000 acres by morn­ing.

The blaze is one of two burn­ing just miles from the site of Wed­nes­day night’s gun tragedy in Thou­sand Oaks.

The other un­con­trol­lable blaze – Hill Fire – torched 10,000 acres in six hours.

Ja­son Bauer helped his par­ents flee Bell Canyon in Ven­tura County. He said: “The flames just came out of nowhere.” stressed there is a long way to go un­til this case can be solved but they be­lieve the new ev­i­dence is “sig­nif­i­cant and crit­i­cally im­por­tant”.

Mur­phy has been linked to the dis­ap­pear­ance of sev­eral young women in Ire­land.

He is a sus­pect in the case of miss­ing women An­nie Mc­car­rick, 26, and Jo Jo Dullard, 21, as well as Deirdre.

He was freed from jail in 2010 af­ter serv­ing 10 years for a bru­tal sex at­tack and at­tempted mur­der of a woman in the Wick­low moun­tains.

FLAMES AR­RIVE Fire rips through the Cal­i­for­nian town of Par­adise ACRID Wall of smoke spreads across Butte County GONE Blaze claims the town’s Feather River Hos­pi­tal


PANIC Sur­vivors em­brace

MISS­ING Deirdre Ja­cob

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