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Californians Fled the Flames, Return to Find ‘Everything is Ashes’

They ran for their lives by the thousands when the devastating wildfires raced across a huge swath of brush-covered Southern California hillsides, and they survived. But hundreds had to flee so quickly they left everything behind. On Wednesday, heartbroken people began to take stock of everything they lost in a manner of minutes, from their beloved four-legged companions, who got separated from them during the chaos, to a lifetime of memories encapsulated in photos, jewelry and other keepsakes. ​’Everything burned’ “Everything burned,” Marolyn Romero-Sim said as she sat on a…

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