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Family from Harrogate lose home in California wildfires

A family from Harrogate, North Yorkshire have escaped from the California wildfires which have already claimed more than 50 lives.

Hundreds more are missing after the devastating flames tore through a vast area, including Malibu, where the Armitage family were living. There are fears the death toll could rise further in coming days.

The charred rubble remains of their Malibu home Credit: Armitage family photo

The Armitage family moved to the States nine years ago. Jay directs commercial films, his wife Ros is a real estate agent.

They have shared their story on the evacuation of their children and the horror of returning to their home, in a Skype interview with ITV News.

They spoke about the community spirit of Malibu, and their grateful attitude looking forward to the future, despite losing some of their family's most sacred possessions.

Firefighters say they're making progress, following the announcement that well over 400 structures have been destroyed so far in Southern California.

The number of people evacuated was down by about half from the day before, to around 100,000, authorities said, and the fire was partially contained.

“We’re getting the upper hand here. We’re feeling better,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

Smoke can be seen bellowing into the sky for miles Credit: Armitage family photo