A Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Paradise, California, has been destroyed and many members have been severely affected as massive wildfires continue to decimate the town.
The meetinghouse was located on Buschmann Road. According to the latest reports, over 2,000 structures have been destroyed in the area and are threatening another 15,000. At least five residents have died. Most Latter-day Saints living in the area have lost their homes and are now sheltered with other members of the Church in neighboring communities.
“Local Church leaders are accessing needs in the community and evaluation will be ongoing,” said Church spokesman Doug Andersen in a report for LDS.org. “We pray for first responders working tirelessly to fight the fires and for all those affected by this disaster.”
All members and missionaries in the area have been accounted for.
There are three wildfires threatening California right now, the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire, and the Hill Fire. Though the fires started in a small area of forest, major winds of up to 50 miles per hour have made the fires deadlier and fast-moving. A state of emergency has been declared and rescue workers are diligently fighting the fires.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
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