Wildfire now deadliest in California's history

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.

Santa Cruz man crushed by 10-tonne truck

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.

Coast Guard officer killed in road accident

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 says thanks for words of comfort & support

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.

British woman, local chef killed as car crashes into cyclists

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.

International: 5 confirmed dead in Paradise inferno

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.

Engineers survey Mt D’or landslip

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 fire leaves nine homeless

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.

HDC opens Recovery Service Centre in Greenvale

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.