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New York Times reporter covering Silicon Valley, particularly Apple. WSJ alum. jack.nicas@nytimes.com | DMs open
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Jack Nicas 13h
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Allyn is just one of the stories of this fire. Just about everyone I've spoken to here has a wild tale of escape -- and tragedy. This fire was the most destructive and deadly in California history, and it's still burning. If you want to help, here's how:
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Jack Nicas 15h
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Indeed
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Jack Nicas 15h
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Some good news for Allyn: Looks like is getting him a new truck.
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Jack Nicas 18h
Authorities have raised the death count from the to 42, making it the deadliest wildfire in California history. (Corrected tweet; authorities earlier said U.S. history and have since corrected.)
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Jack Nicas 19h
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For more on Allyn's story and other narrow escapes and harrowing tales from the wildfires raging across California, read 's and my story here:
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Allyn stressed the triage was a massive group effort -- and that they weren't heroes. “This is what we do,” he said. “Any nurse, any healthcare worker, any cop, they were there and they all did their jobs.” Allyn's Instagram:
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Then the hospital caught fire. The team quickly relocated the patients 100 yards away to the hospital’s helipad. Eventually authorities cleared a path to safety, so they loaded up the victims & drove out in a caravan. Everyone made it out safely. Photo: Jim Wilson/NYT
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Doctors, nurses, paramedics & police started a triage center in the hospital parking lot. They broke into the hospital for gurneys, oxygen tanks & other gear & quickly went to work, treating about two dozen people while the fire raged around them. Photo: Noah Berger/AP.
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Allyn ended up back at the hospital and quickly realized injured Paradise residents were also there, looking for medical help. “Now all of us are like, ‘Oh, this is what we do,’” he recalled. “We're terrible at burning to death, but we're amazing at taking care of people.”
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Suddenly a bulldozer appeared & knocked a burning truck next to him out of the way. There was some room to maneuver. But instead of going forward toward safety, he turned around & drove back into the heart of Paradise. Here's the aftermath of his Tacoma. (The lights still work.)
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Allyn held his coat against the window - a futile guard from the intense heat - and put on Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” to calm himself. He recorded a goodbye message to his family: “Just in case this doesn’t work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out."
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Like many residents in Paradise, they quickly hit gridlock. But unfortunately for them, they were stuck in the middle of the fire. Flames licked at the side of his truck, and as Allyn watched other cars catch fire, he thought his was next. Here was his view.
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Jack Nicas 19h
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Allyn manages the ICU at Paradise's hospital, Adventist Health, and helped spark the quick evacuation of patients Thursday morning as the swept in. Then he hopped in his truck with two colleagues and headed for safety.
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Jack Nicas 19h
Here's the crazy story of just one of the many heroes in Paradise, the town destroyed by California's deadliest fire ever. His name is Allyn Pierce, and he's the badass nurse who drove this truck through the flames.
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Pui-Wing Tam 21h
More great coverage of California's ghastly wildfires by on those who had close calls -- almost too close -- with the flames
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Thomas Fuller Nov 12
Our team of reporters covering the California wildfires are filing dispatches around the clock. Check here for updates:
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Jack Nicas Nov 12
Somber numbers on the here in Paradise: 29 people have been found dead and 228 are still unaccounted for. When I asked the sheriff last night how much of the rubble they still have to search, he looked distressed and said: "We have a lot of work to do."
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Jack Nicas Nov 11
Officials said they found six additional people in the remains of the Camp fire today, raising the death total to 29 and tying it for the deadliest fire in California history.
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Thomas Fuller Nov 11
Haunting pictures by our Northern California photographer, Jim Wilson, in this story about the fire in Paradise
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Jack Nicas Nov 11
Here in Paradise, residents did what they were told to do when the skies turned dark and an inferno raged across the hills: They got in their cars and fled. Then they hit traffic, trapping many of them on the Skyway, the main road out of town. Our story:
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