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California wildfires kill 21 including elderly couple

04:10 Thu Oct 12, 2017


Taken from/By: BBC News
Report by: BBC News

A couple who recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary are among the 21 dead in some of California’s worst-ever wildfires.

Charles Rippey, 100, and his wife, Sara, 98, perished in one of 22 blazes that have destroyed 115,000 acres (26,000ha) and 3,500 buildings.

The couple, originally from Wisconsin, first met in primary school, their sons told the New York Times.

Officials in the hard-hit Sonoma County say 670 people are still missing.

Many of those people have been found, but Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said on Wednesday that the registry of missing people has yet to be updated.

The Rippeys died on Sunday at their home in Napa, California, where the fast-moving fires trapped them inside.



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