DEADLY FIRE LEV­ELS CAL­I­FOR­NIA TOWN

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Par­adise, Calif. -— Most of the build­ings in Par­adise are in ruin. En­tire neigh­bor­hoods are lev­eled. The busi­ness district is de­stroyed. In a sin­gle day, the town was largely in­cin­er­ated by flames.

Only a day af­ter it be­gan, the blaze that started out­side the hilly town of Par­adise had grown on Fri­day to nearly 360 sq. km. and de­stroyed more than 6,700 struc­tures, al­most all of them homes, mak­ing it Cal­i­for­nia’s most de­struc­tive wild­fire in his­tory.

Nine peo­ple have been found dead, some in­side their cars and oth­ers out­side ve­hi­cles or homes af­ter a des­per­ate evac­u­a­tion that Butte County Sher­iff Kory Honea called “the worstcase sce­nario.” Their iden­ti­ties were not yet known.

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