Wildfire Destroys Thousands of Buildings in California Town

Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

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PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky. Several thousand buildings were destroyed by flames, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said. “We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road,” said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in…

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