Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2018

Fires In California: Number Of Dead Is Rising – Many Villas Destroyed

At least 31 dead, more than 200 missing. Property of the German TV reporter burned down.

California Fire Damage

According to the authorities, the death toll from California forest fires has risen to 31. In the northern California town of Paradise , another six bodies were found, the police said on Sunday evening (local time). Thus, the number of victims increased to 29 people. In addition, missing people continue to rise, 228 people reported missing.

Two burned bodies had already been discovered in a car in Malibu, southern California, on Friday. The police there said on Sunday that no further casualties had been found in the fire areas in Southern California.

More, unusually violent fires for the late season raged in Southern California. The authorities called for around 250,000 people north of Los Angeles and in the Ventura district to leave their homes.

Hollywood Stars are also affected by the forced evacuations and the west of Los Angeles seaside resort located Malibu, where many villas of Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt are. Aerial photographs of the California fire department showed the flames rushing over hill crests on million-dollar properties. The villa of Thomas Gottschalk was destroyed as well.

Satellite images show the extent of the forest fires. Tens of thousands of hectares of land was destroyed by the flames.

Fire-fighting aircraft are in continuous use. “The extent of the devastation is unbelievable and heartbreaking, and we feel with all who are affected by it,” said Californian Rescue Leader Mark Ghilarducci. Not all humans were able to escape in time from the sea of ​​flames. Thus, bodies burned in cars were discovered. More than 3,200 firefighters were deployed, US media reported Sunday. The infrastructure in the affected region was badly damaged.

Among the victims of the devastating forest fires in the US state of California include entertainer Thomas Gottschalk (68) and his wife Thea. His villa in Malibu burned down, said Gottschalk on Sunday.

Sources: Bild

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