PARADISE, Calif | Heroism, harrowing escapes as fire destroys California town

9Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



PARADISE, Calif.— 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, wiping out what a Cal Fire official said was a couple of thousand structures.

“We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road,” said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in the hard-hit town of Paradise and works in neighboring Chico.

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