Two bodies found in Malibu Friday night were severely burned, officials said Saturday evening.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office received reports Friday night of the bodies found on Mulholland Highway, but officials said at the time that they could not yet determine whether the deaths were connected to the Woolsey fire that burned through the area hours before.
At a Saturday news conference, officials said the two bodies were found burned inside a stopped vehicle in a long driveway.
John Benedict, chief of the Sheriff’s Department North Patrol Division, said an investigation will try to determine the exact causes of death.
This is Marcia Tysseling, a resident at Malibou Lake where she has lived for 20 years. She was among those who stayed behind and could not leave after trees and power lines blocked roads. She saved her Shawshank Redemption wardrove. She’s a collector. #Woolseyfirepic.twitter.com/NXwASyO96C
Marcia Tysseling drove around her Malibou Lake neighborhood, checking in on neighbors and carrying out short conversations.
The drive had also become a way for her to charge her phone.
Actors, judges, retired firemen and realtors are among the people who live in this neighborhood around a small reservoir between Malibu Beach and Conejo Valley. The homes and a clubhouse are located in a remote area surrounded by rugged mountain terrain.
Because of the Woolsey fire, the areas with the worst air quality Saturday were west San Fernando Valley and northwest coastal Los Angeles County. The air in these regions is considered unhealthy for everyone, not just people who are sensitive to pollution.
This site shows real-time air quality conditions for locations statewide.
On Saturday morning, Maxwell Korrodi was the last person standing at his family’s Malibu mansion, which sits on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway.
The place is jokingly called “the hotel” because his parents adopted 16 children, himself included.
“If this was going to happen, I didn't want to just sit in a hotel worrying,” Korrodi, 26, said as he stood outside his garage, a soot-stained handkerchief covering his mouth. “It gives me peace of mind knowing I’m in control and can at least try to save my home.”
Thick, dense smoke blanketed the sky in Oroville, where hundreds filled the Church of the Nazarene, an evacuation center 25 miles from the fire-ravaged town of Paradise.
Evacuees gathered Saturday afternoon around a television that was showing a college football game. Post-it notes and torn notebook paper were thumb-tacked to a message board with names and contact information of people searching for loved ones.
“People have been subdued,” said Steve Walsh, a regional spokesman for the American Red Cross, which was operating the shelter. “They seem numb to what’s happening.”
Standing next to his white truck in the church parking lot, Markham Odell recalled escaping from his property along the Feather River Canyon in Paradise Thursday morning.
The hardest hit part of Bell Canyon, neighbors say, is Dappelgray Road.
At one home, black railing and inviting steps lead down to mostly rubble. A flower bed sprinkled with small purple and yellow roses remains.
Blackened wood and red brick sit in a crumpled heap at least four feet high. The only thing left standing is a brick wall facing the street, black sconces attached on either side of a missing bay window that frames disaster.