Res­i­dents head back into lev­eled Cal­i­for­nia town

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - WEATHER -

PAR­ADISE, CALIF.>> Joyce and Jerry McLean sifted through twisted me­tal and bro­ken glass Wed­nes­day on the prop­erty where their mo­bile home once stood, hop­ing to find pre­cious fam­ily pos­ses­sions that might have sur­vived the dev­as­tat­ing Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire that lev­eled Par­adise.

They were among hun­dreds of res­i­dents who were fi­nally al­lowed back into neigh­bor­hoods on the east side of town a month af­ter the blaze killed at least 85 peo­ple and de­stroyed about 14,000 homes.

The cou­ple, dressed in white haz­mat suits and wear­ing leather gloves, searched for his gold wed­ding band, a Bi­ble that be­longed to his great- grand­mother and Christ­mas or­na­ments made by their son when he was a boy.

“We didn’t own ex­pen­sive things, but we had a lot of mem­ory things,” said Joyce McLean, 73. “If I can find a lit­tle piece of his fam­ily or just a lit­tle piece of my son, I would be happy.”

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