Firefighters struggled to contain the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history Tuesday while mobile coroner's teams combed the incinerated remains of a once thriving town and its environs looking for more victims of the carnage.
The historic blaze raging 90 miles north of Sacramento has claimed at least 42 lives, and dozens of people remain unaccounted for. More than 6,400 homes were destroyed by the fast-moving Camp Fire blaze, many in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people.
“This is an unprecedented event,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.
The owner of a trucking company was crushed to death after the vehicle fell on him on Saturday.
Robert Cupid, of Santa Cruz, the owner of Lounick Transport was doing mechanical repairs to one of his 10-tonne trucks when the accident occurred.
His son, Nicholas, who witnessed the incident, with the help of other workers used a crane to pry the truck off and pull his father’s body out.
The injured man was taken to a medical facility but died while undergoing emergency treatment. The incident occurred shortly after 1 pm.
An early morning road accident has claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
The incident reportedly occurred in the vicinity of Grand Bazaar.
Reports indicate that at about 12:15 am, the motorcyclist - who is a Coast Guard officer - was proceeding east along the Churchill Roosevelt highway when he was struck by the driver of a motor car.
According to reports, the Coast Guard officer was pitched several feet into the air.
He died on the spot.
The driver of the car which struck the motorcyclist currently is assisting police with investigations.
Jaffa at the Oval is thanking all those who offered words of comfort and support following the death of chef and owner, Joe Brown.
Brown and British national Joanna Banks were killed on Saturday after a car ran into them and a group of cyclists riding along the Beetham highway.
Since then tributes have been pouring in for the well-known chef.
Today Jaffa at the Oval said it appreciates the overwhelming love it has received and says the employees and staff at the restaurant are going to emerge from the tragedy of Brown's death.
A female British national and a top local chef have been killed and two others seriously injured after a car ploughed into a group of cyclists along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway early Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Joanna Banks, 40, who died at the scene and Joe Browne, a chef at the popular Jaffa at the Oval restaurant, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
A wildfire has destroyed most of a Northern California town of 27,000 people called Paradise.
A Cal Fire spokesman said "there's nothing much left standing" in Paradise.
Late Friday morning, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said investigators found five victims' bodies in vehicles overcome by the so-called "Camp Fire" in Paradise.
The victims have not been identified.
Two more fires are burning north of Los Angeles.
Surrounding homes at Mt D’or where the destructive landslip occurred on Tuesday that completely destroyed a house leaving five people homeless have been assessed by engineers of The Government’s Aided Self-Help Housing Programme.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh, who was very instrumental in getting immediate assistance for the landslip victim, Karen Telesford and her family assured that her neighbours, “need not fear for their own homes.”
Scratch bomb and fireworks play for children in the Mc Bean, Couva community on Divali night ended up in tragedy for three families after two of their houses burst into flames destroying everything.
Nine people are now homeless, including four children – a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old.
The victims are Michael Rampersad, 61, his sons Roger, 37 and Jimmy, 36; Jimmy’s wife Videya Lalla, 34 and their four children ages seven, 10, 12 and 13 and Lalla’s brother Darly Ramnarace.
Residents of Greenvale Park who were adversely affected by flooding, can now visit the HDC’s newly-established Recovery Service Centre for additional support and assistance as they recover and rehabilitate their homes, the HDC said in a statement today.
It said this centre, which formally opened today, will be operational every day from 7 am to 7 pm in the first instance.
At this centre, teams from the HDC will be present to treat with issues related to mortgages and rentals, schedule of repairs of impacted units and general recovery and rehabilitation efforts.