US Man dies of injuries, raising wildfires death toll to 44

23:37  29 november  2017
23:37  29 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries , raising the death toll to 44 .

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries , raising the death toll to 44 . San Francisco radio station KQED reports

2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Homes burned by a wildfire are seen on Oct. 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © The Associated Press 2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Homes burned by a wildfire are seen on Oct. 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries, raising the death toll to 44.

San Francisco radio station KQED reports 41-year-old Michel Azarian died Sunday at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he was being treated for extensive burns.

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A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries , raising the death toll to 44 . Nov. 29, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.

Smoke from the Tubbs Fire rises high into the air as the firestorm continues to burn out of control near Santa Rosa on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017. A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries , raising the death toll to 44 . less.

Azarian's friend, Khachik Papanyan, tells the radio station that Azarian was an engineer who loved photography and hiking and had moved to Santa Rosa two years ago for a new job.

Papanyan says it appears Azarian tried to take shelter in a small clearing near his home. That's where he was discovered the next day, with severe burns on more than half his body.

A series of blazes that started the night of Oct. 8 destroyed about 8,900 homes and other buildings.

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This story has been corrected to show that Michel Azarian's friend says he lived in Santa Rosa.

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Information from: KQED-FM.

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