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US 3 deaths connected to fires that swept through Southern California

22:35  13 october  2019
22:35  13 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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LOS ANGELES — The fires that have hit Southern California have been linked to three deaths as officials on Sunday continue to gain ground.

a group of people on a field: Firefighters clear brush and mop up hillside along the 14 Freeway, which is closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to the Saddle Ridge fire on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Newhall, Calif.© Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS Firefighters clear brush and mop up hillside along the 14 Freeway, which is closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to the Saddle Ridge fire on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Newhall, Calif.

In the Saddleridge fire that swept across the San Fernando Valley foothills, a man in his late 50s died after suffering a heart attack while talking with firefighters early Friday.

In the Sandalwood fire that burned dozens of mobile homes in Calimesa, two people died.

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Family members of Lois Arvickson confirmed the 89-year-old died in the fire. Don Turner, Arvickson’s son, and his wife, Kimberly, spent Thursday night at an evacuation center, desperate to hear news of his mother, who lived alone at the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. She was on the phone with her son when the blaze, dubbed the Sandalwood fire, reached the park.

a train is coming down the mountain: The 5 and 14 Freeways are closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to the Saddle Ridge fire on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Newhall, Calif.© Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS The 5 and 14 Freeways are closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to the Saddle Ridge fire on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Newhall, Calif.

Kimberly Turner said neighbors reported seeing Arvickson get in her car to leave, but they don’t know what happened next. The Turners saw TV news coverage that showed Arvickson’s home destroyed by fire and the car still in the driveway.

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On Friday night, Riverside County fire officials discovered the remains of a second victim at the park.

All evacuation orders were lifted Saturday afternoon as firefighters continued to make progress battling the 7,900 acre-Saddleridge fire that had shut down freeways and sent thousands fleeing from their homes.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Members of the Manokian family gather with friends as they watch firefighters mop up around their home, which was destroyed in the Saddleridge fire in Porter Ranch, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2019.© Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS Members of the Manokian family gather with friends as they watch firefighters mop up around their home, which was destroyed in the Saddleridge fire in Porter Ranch, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2019.

Slightly cooler temperatures and lighter winds aided crews on their third day fighting the fire, which blackened hillsides from Porter Ranch to Sylmar, officials said. As of Saturday evening, the fire was 33% contained.

The fire has destroyed or damaged at least 31 structures, officials said.

In Calimesa, the blaze has destroyed 76 homes and buildings and damaged 14 others.

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