The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation’s worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said.

Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm created a toxic combination of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes as residents and firefighters drew water heavily, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported Thursday.
– PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Source: SEAFC National Fire News

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