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California fires: Death toll climbs to 31, officials announce names of 10 victims

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 13 Oct 2017

California fires: Death toll climbs to 31, officials announce names of 10 victims
Napa, Oct 13 (JEN): The death toll in the northern California wildfire has risen to 31, officials said on Thursday.

Out of the 31, Sonoma County recorded the highest number of deaths, with 17 bodies.

Eight people died in Mendocino County, while Yuba County and Napa County accounted for four and two deaths respectively.

The city of Santa Rosa has been named the hardest hit by the blaze, where an estimated 2800 homes have been destroyed, along with 400,000 square feet of commercial space.

The reports were confirmed by Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office also identified 10 victims and announced their names.

They were:

Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, of Santa Rosa

Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, of Santa Rosa

Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, of Santa Rosa

Suiko Grant, 75, of Santa Rosa

Donna Mae Halbur, 80, of Larkfield-Wikiup

Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, of Larkfield-Wikiup

Valerie Lynn Evans, 75, of Santa Rosa

Carmen Caldentey Berriz, 75, of Apple Valley

Michael John Dornbach, 57, of Calistoga

Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, of Santa Rosa

The LA Times quoted sources as saying that while some bodies were recovered intact, others were reduced to ashes.

"In two cases, the remains were identified through the serial number on medical devices, such as a metal hip replacement. Two were identified by dental records, another through distinct tattoos. Authorities used fingerprints and family members to identify the rest," the daily reported.

The death toll is expected to rise.

 

Image: City of Santa Rosa/Twitter