A Chico County police officer called in to "Shepard Smith Reporting" Friday to describe the devastation a deadly, fast-moving wildfire has caused in the town of Paradise, California.

Detective Mark Bass -- who lives in Paradise, a town of 27,000 people, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco -- said he got his family to safety and then returned to help others.

"It started at 6:30 in the morning, and before you knew it, it had already gone through town," Bass said.

He said he's lived in Paradise for 18 years and worked in law enforcement for 26 years, and he's never seen any devastation like this.


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"The town, it looks like a blast zone from some sort of explosion," Bass said. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out. ... It's an unbelievable scene."

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told the Associated Press earlier Friday, "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation.”

He estimated the Camp Fire burned a couple of thousand structures to the ground. The size of the fire is about 110 square miles, he said Friday.

"It's a worst-case scenario," Bass said.

Hear more from Bass and see footage of the devastation above.


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