California's Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hellSmoldering debris, skeletons of cars with melted glass, a cat with a singed, soot-covered coat: ravaged by the most destructive fire to hit California, Paradise is now a ghost town. "It's devastation, total devastation, it's pretty incredible something like this occurred," said firefighter Mark Nees, who arrived from neighboring Oregon to help his California colleagues. In the center of town as well as the suburbs, there is nothing left of many houses -- most of which are built of wood in California -- except charred debris and sometimes a brick chimney rising into the sky.