Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly four weeks after the devastating blaze leveled her town, Jennifer Christensen was allowed back to return to her home in Paradise, where the first thing she saw was her son’s charred tricycle in the front yard.
Christensen was among hundreds of residents who were allowed back into neighborhoods on the east side of town for the first time since the Nov. 8 blaze.
The Camp Fire killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.
Christensen found a safe with melted jewelry inside. She found remnants of porcelain dolls that her mom had given her every year for Christmas. There was so much gone, she said, that could never be replaced.
The same areas will be open to the general public Thursday.