Ventura County

Thomas Fire destroys Ventura hospital

Thomas Fire destroys Ventura hospital

VENTURA, Calif. - Those who are employed at Vista Del Mar Hospital no longer have a place to call work.

Employees like David Aguilar came back Wednesday morning to see what is left of the hospital.

“You cant see the stuff. It's gone,” Said Aguilar.

Aguilar, who started working at the hospital just three weeks ago, says he was working Monday night when the Thomas Fire swept through the building.

“Our main thing was to be concerned about the patients and hopefully get them out safely,” said Aguilar. “That is our main concern even in a tragedy like this we were not trained for that, but we are trained to get into survival mode.”

The damage hits Aguilar especially hard so close to Christmas.

“It’s going to affect me and my children,” said Aguilar. “I had plans to get a good paycheck so that way I can buy them some gifts and unfortunately that is going to be very difficult.”

The fire destroyed most of the hospital but left other buildings in the area intact.

One neighbor who lives just down the street says he is surprised the fire missed his home

“I live right down there and it's pretty much a miracle that flames didn’t go up 'cause the fire came right up to our door, and it happened to burn out right there,” said Treyton Cox.

The Vista Del Mar hospital has no comment on when they plan to rebuild.

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