The Latest: Fire Looting Suspects Arrested In Butte County

CHICO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say six people have been arrested on suspicion of looting homes evacuated when a deadly fire swept through Paradise and several surrounding communities. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says deputies on Monday found two men hiding inside home in the town of Paradise with a .45 caliber handgun and drugs. Deputies also found an ATV, an AR-15 rifle and tools the men are suspected of stealing. The office says deputies arrested two other men Tuesday with a laptop computer that didn’t belong to them. A few hours later Tuesday, two more people were arrested after they were spotted in a motorhome reported stolen in the neighboring town of Magalia. The fire that started Nov. 8 killed at least 48 people, displaced 52,000 and has destroyed 7,600 homes.

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