A small California community about 100 miles north of Sacramento was destroyed by the deadly Bearfire on Wednesday, according to reports.
The bear fire is part of the Northern Complex of fires, which burned a total of more than 254,000 acres in the northern part of the state.
“My immigrant father owns Village Market, the only store in Berry Creek. It burned down in #BearFire, “a Chico Enterprise-Record reporter wrote on Wednesday. “He put everything into the business so that the brothers and I could have all the opportunities in the world. He often worked 80-hour weeks. We have insurance, but our hearts still hurt. ”
Most of the structures in Berry Creek ̵
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More than 100 people were rescued from the blaze Tuesday night, including at least five people who were badly burned, SFGate and Enterprise-Record reported.
At least three people have been killed in Bearfire and at least 12 have disappeared by Wednesday night.
By Wednesday, the Bearfire was still raging.
A man was found dead in Berry Creek after trying to escape the fire, which quickly rose overnight and joined the Northern Fire Complex.
The victim was found dead in a car on Wednesday morning, reports Mercury News from San Jose. Authorities said the victim appeared to be driving to a ditch and tried to escape on foot before succumbing to the flames.
According to local reports from the County Sheriff’s Department, at least three people have died in the blaze. The victims were not immediately identified.
The fire destroyed or damaged more than 2,000 structures in But County by Wednesday and threatened thousands more.
The city of Paradise, which was devastated by the campfire in 2018, was also under threat again.
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“It makes you panic,” Paradise Mayor Greg Bolin, who lost his home in 2018, told Mercury News. It just makes you feel – here we go again. “
Fox News’s Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.