Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2018

Paradise, California, Residents Return To Town After Wildfire Killed 85 & Destroyed 14,000 Homes

Paradise wildfire ruins

Almost one month after the devastating Camp Fire consumed the town of Paradise, California, residents were heartbreakingly allowed back inside the fire zone to see what, if anything, was left of their homes.

Residents who lived on the east side of town were able to sift through the debris littering what was once their yards and houses, but did so with heavy hearts knowing that at least 85 people perished in the fire and approximately 14,000 homes were destroyed.

Paradise was home to 27,000 people, but only 4,700 people have been permitted to return to somewhat safe areas, reported Business Insider. Jennifer Christensen, 34, was one former resident allowed back to her property with mixed emotions. The first thing she laid eyes upon was her two-year-old son’s badly burned tricycle still parked in the front yard. It brought her to tears.

“It’s unbelievable. You know, I never thought it would happen to me. Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” she said.

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Paradise, California, Residents Return To Town After Wildfire Killed 85 & Destroyed 14,000 Homes