For days, the Canadian town of Lytton always made headlines with new heat records – now the flames have almost completely destroyed the community: in a very short time, the small town was torn apart by a roller of fire. Was. MP Brad Wiss said on Thursday, “90 percent of the village, including the town center, was burned.” More than 1000 people had to flee in a hurry.
Mayor John Polderman said he saw white smoke on the southern edge of the city, and 15 to 20 minutes later, flames engulfed the city, Canadian media reported. Images and videos showed rows of houses and streets being completely burnt. There were initially no official figures on possible victims. Electricity and telephone connections were snapped at many places. It states that people had fled in all directions and to faraway places.
Liton records one heat after another
Before the fire disaster Wednesday evening (local time), Lytton, which is about 260 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, had recorded three consecutive days of heat. According to the Meteorological Department, a temperature of 49.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in the thermometer on Tuesday, which is the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada. Officials said on Thursday that the fire was “out of control” in an area of 65 square kilometres. The weather is still dry, hot and windy.
Dozens of wildfires broke out in other parts of Canada’s British Columbia province within 24 hours, many of which were caused by lightning.
The photos in our photo gallery show the full extent of the destruction after the fire at Lytton.
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