Boy dies, man survives "nuclear blast" flames in California

2017-10-14 07:23
The moon rises over flames on a hilltop near Highway 166 east of Santa Maria. (Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP File)

The moon rises over flames on a hilltop near Highway 166 east of Santa Maria. (Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP File)

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California - The wildfires sweeping across Northern California claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy and left his parents and older sister hospitalised with burns.

Kai Shepherd and his family tried to escape down a mountain from their remote Redwood Valley home about 200km north of San Francisco early on Monday.

Neighbour Paul Hanssen survived the flames that he described as resembling a nuclear blast. He found the Shepherds on the ground outside their home and called for help.

Sara and Jon Shepherd and their 17-year-old daughter, Kressa, are being treated at burn centres. Both of Kressa's legs have been amputated below the knees.

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