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Two children and their great-grandmother were killed in the formidable Carr Fire in Northern California's Shasta County, according to the NBC Bay Area, which confirmed the news with one  The five-year-old James Roberts, four-year-old Emily Roberts and the Great-grandmother Melody Bledsoe prepared to evacuate a house in Redding, California, and called the police when the fire broke out and all three perished according to the report.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said at a press conference on Saturday that three members of the same family were reported missing. About a dozen people have been missing in the area so far, he said.
Two others, a Redding fireman and a private dozer, died in the fire, officials said.
The Carr Fire, which erupted on Monday afternoon, nearly doubled from 48,31
Freshly evacuated was ordered on Saturday for some residents of Shasta County when the Carr Fire raged for the third day. The fire destroyed or damaged more than 500 buildings, officials said.
"This number is probably higher than this," said Unified Incomment chief Brett Gouvea to reporters Saturday.
Fire in Shasta County has claimed up to 38,000 people The 3,400 firefighters assigned to the fire had a circumference of about 100 miles to cover, they said.
Some of those who survived the fire returned to their ruined homes Christine and Michael Robinson inspected the remains of a Redding house that had been in his family since 1959. Her daughter was married there.
They described the property they moved into in 2008 and poured out everything they had as an "oasis" where friends, family, grandchildren and their friends visited.
Michael Robinson lost his shipping company after the stock market crash in 2001 and said, "We would grow old and die." At age 53, he said, "I have to start over."
"It was a paradise it, "he said, looking at the wreck on Saturday." And now it looks like a bomb has exploded. "
" I do not want to stand here and cry about it because it's just stuff, you know? "Michael Robinson said," Everyone is healthy, I have wonderful children and grandchildren, I'm still a wealthy man. "
Redding police chief Roger Moore said raiders take advantage.
"We see several reports one day from people in the neighborhood driving through, crossing roadblocks, the & # 39; he was burned to steal items from the homes," he told reporters on Saturday. "If you have time have, take your valuables out of the house or put them in a fireproof safe. "
It is believed that the Carr Fire has started. As a result of a vehicle's mechanical failure, Cal Fire said. It started around 13:15 on Monday.
Officials have killed the Redding firefighter fighting the flame identified as Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke. The dozer operator, who was "killed", was identified after KNTV as Don Ray Smith, 81, of Pollack Pines, California.