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


Associated Press

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.

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. (Photo/AP)
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. (Photo/AP)

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.

 

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