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Calif. Sheriff Says 6th Person Has Died in Fire

2018-07-29 23:30
A Northern California sheriff says a sixth person has died in a raging wildfire that has destroyed more than 500 buildings. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sunday that the remains were found within the boundary of the Carr Fire near Redding, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of San Francisco. He did not identify the victim. Bosenko says the sheriff's department has seven outstanding missing persons reports. The fire has also claimed the lives of two firefighters and two children and their great grandmother. 81-year-old Don Ray Smith was a bulldozer operator who was helping clear vegetation in the path of the wildfire when he died. Redding fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke was also killed, though no details were provided. The other three victims, 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe and her two great grandchildren, 5-year-old James Roberts and 4-year-old Emily Roberts, died when walls of flames swept through the family's rural property on the outskirts of Redding.