DEADLY FIRE LEVELS CALIFORNIA TOWN
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.