As the southern California Thomas fire spreads, more and more people are wondering which structures in Ventura County, including Santa Paula, have been destroyed or damaged. The explosive fire is northwest of downtown Los Angeles, but other fires are also growing in the area. The Ventura County fire is the biggest of the fires so far. A small blaze exploded and spread over more than 50,000 acres. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Ventura County. FOR UPDATED INFORMATION, see Heavy’s story here.
At the time of publication, at least 150 structures in Ventura County had been destroyed, but this number might increase, officials warned. So far, at least 27,000 people have been evacuated and they don’t know if their homes were destroyed or if they survived. As people fled the flames, they said the fires were apocalyptic. The fires might grow in the coming days, as the National Weather Service warned that damaging winds could return Wednesday night and Thursday, with gusts of 50 to 70 mph, spreading the fire. A red flag warning for Ventura and LA was issued. The blaze started around 6:25 p.m. Monday near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula.
The structures that were destroyed include the following (according to news and social media reports). This is a developing new story, and we will update this list as more information is shared.
Businesses & Landmarks That Were Destroyed or Damaged
Grant Park: Grant Park overlook Ventura seems to have sustained major damage, but the Serra Cross is still standing. Here’s a before and after photo:
Hawaiian Village Apartments: According to CBS LA:
Ventura Botanical Garden: According to recents tweets:
Vista Del Mar Hospital: A mental health facility in the region. It’s on Seneca Street north of downtown Ventura. Firefighters had to abandon it and move on to defending nearby condos and buildings.
Homes and Apartment Complexes Have Also Been Lost
Many homes and apartment complexes were also destroyed, including this one:
And a home on Colina Vista St. in Ventura:
This home in Lake View Terrace was destroyed:
And these areas:
Million dollar homes, including this mansion, were also destroyed:
Apartment buildings have also been lost in the Thomas Fire:
Homes in the Clearpoint area were also lost:
Here, you can see the entire neighborhood of Colina Vista St. was devastated:
Additional Fires Blaze in California, Forcing Evacuations
The Creek Fire has also claimed a number of buildings, though the exact number is not yet known. The fire was north of downtown Los Angeles and had grown to 11,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon. It started outside of the city limits. More than 2,500 homes have been evacuated from this fire, and a convalescent hospital with 105 patients. The Creek fire started around 4 a.m. on Tuesday near Little Tujunga Canyon Road near Sylmar.
Many homes in the Creek Fire have been lost, including at least eight in the Via Santa Barbara/Via San Anselmo area of Sylmar:
The Rye fire started in Santa Clarita shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loops near Highway 126. The 5 Freeway was closed briefly but reopened Tuesday afternoon. Some evacuations were ordered in this area too, including 1,300 homes in the Westridge community. About 2,090 customers lost power in the Santa Clarita area.
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