In California, Fires So Fast Hesitation Proved Lethal

Fire in California

(NewyorkTimes) — With towering flames bearing down, one victim delayed escape in hopes of saving his new truck — but he could not find the keys. An elderly couple slept as danger erupted, not waking until it was too late to flee down their one-lane road. Another couple, who barely missed their chance to drive away, huddled in a pool, surrounded by fire and choking smoke; he survived, but she did not. As widely varied stories emerged of how people died in the wind-driven fires that have ravaged Northern California,…

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