November 13, 2018 / 2:54 AM / a month ago

At least 42 killed in northern California wildfire, now deadliest in U.S. history: sheriff

FILE PHOTO: Firefighters battle the Peak fire in Simi Valley, California, U.S. November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

CHICO, Calif. (Reuters) - Remains have been recovered from at least 42 people killed by a devastating wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, making it the deadliest in U.S. history, the Butte County sheriff said on Monday.

The latest death toll was announced after authorities located the remains of 13 additional victims from the Camp Fire, which also ranks as the most destructive on record in California, having leveled more than 7,100 homes and other buildings since it erupted on Thursday, officials said.

The number of people killed by the fire had stood at 29 earlier in the day.

Reporting by Noel Randewich in Chico, California; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler

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