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Thomas Fire evacuees return home to find rubble and ash

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Some of the people who were evacuated when the Thomas Fire broke out in Ventura County on Monday night returned to their homes Tuesday to find nothing left.

Firefighters say embers carried for miles, sparking house fires in scattered areas around the City of Ventura. 

From the hillsides along Foothill to the main city neighborhoods, multiple homes went up in flames. Residents returned to find some homes burned to the ground while next door, other houses stood intact.

"Just by coincidence, theirs is burnt down and ours is still there," said one man whose neighbor's home burned down.

"We've lived here for 15 years," said another resident. "We have wonderful neighbors and I'm so sad for them, and the neighbors who I just informed that their house was gone they said, 'well, that's what insurance is for.'"

These sporadic house fires are proving to be very difficult for firefighters. Crews have been trying to do as much structure protection as possible.
Approximately 38,000 people have been evacuated.

Lynn Thore was visibly shaken as she packed up her things and left her home in the Oak View area.

"It's just orange and red, it looks like the whole place is on fire," she said. "It's just terrible and it's just really hard to see this whole place burning up." 

Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said the fire was moving west toward Casitas Springs. That entire community was under evacuation orders.

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