Officials: 5 people found dead in vehicles torched by Northern Calif. wildfire
Officials say the victims were found in the same area in the town of Paradise, near a main thoroughfare heading out of the town that was consumed by flames
PARADISE, Calif. — Sheriff's officials in Northern California say the five people found dead in vehicles torched by a wildfire's flames could not immediately be identified because of the burns they suffered.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday that autopsies will be conducted.
Officials say the victims were found in the same area in the town of Paradise, near a main thoroughfare heading out of the town that was consumed by flames.
All of the city's 27,000 residents were ordered to evacuate on Thursday as the wildfire quickly turned into an inferno.
Many residents said traffic jams developed as they left as panicked people fled, some abandoning their cars to try to escape on foot.
The fire has grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).
Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.
A quick glimpse of the fire conditions this morning at the #CampFire. Firefighters are working hard on the front lines to support communities throughout Butte County. #ALCOFire @alcofirefighter pic.twitter.com/vdfJNLb8TC— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) November 9, 2018
Breaking: Cal fire captain says that thousands of structures have been destroyed and multiple people are dead from #Campfire in Butte County, California. The captain said that the town of Paradise has been wiped out from the fire. pic.twitter.com/g18CzAQiLg— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) November 9, 2018
For the first time in the history of the Alameda County Fire Department, Dozer 17 and two Dozer operators, Captain Poulleau and Captain Book (from Station 17 in @DublinPIO) were deployed to the #CampFire on a Dozer Strike Team. pic.twitter.com/RfgcsKnzue— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) November 9, 2018