At least nine people have been reportedly killed and 15,000 evacuated as two big flames raged in California on Friday. Of the people found dead, five of them were cars that were destroyed by the Camp Fire in the northern side of the state.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire,” said a statement by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, adding that they had yet to be identified.
Several people were also reported to be missing. The survivors who managed to escape the deadly flames posted harrowing videos on social media about their horrific encounter with plumes of black smoke and blazing fire as they tried to escape in their cars.
The wildfire, which started from Campfire has exploded due to favourable conditions of strong winds as well as dry leaves. It has already scorched more than 20,000 acres (8,093 hectares) and has not been contained, according to the statement of the California Fire Department (Cal Fire).
The flames have caused irreplaceable damage to both human life and property, which, according to officials, include hundreds of homes, a hospital, a gas station, several restaurants and numerous vehicles in Paradise.