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Report: Death toll in fire likely includes 50 more people

Posted at 1:57 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 16:57:49-05

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - Doctors and other experts say at least 50 additional people likely died as a result of the 2018 wildfire that wiped out the town of Paradise, California, but were not counted in the official death toll of 85.

The Chico Enterprise-Record says in an investigation published Tuesday that the official statistics under-estimated the death toll from the deadliest blaze in state history and failed to include people who died from complications from the fire.

Attorneys said the online database used to record claims is not perfect, so the number may not be exact.