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Firefighter loses home while saving neighbors from California fire


Residents in California’s Ventura County are grateful to a local firefighter and his wife, who saved their homes while his burned to the ground.

Ventura County Firefighter Mike Williams and his family lost their home to the massive wildfire that has decimated the landscape, but they moved quickly to help their neighbors.

“This is the best street. Most everyone on this street has been here 15 years plus. It’s just, we’re really tight,” said neighbor Lisa Solny. “Him and his wife went around here and they put out the spot fires that were happening with embers.”

The duo escaped with their lives and their pets, but not much else.

“He put out all the mulch on the ground, and then he turned around and his house was on fire and his wife was inside,” Solny said. “And they took their dogs and they threw them in a Rubbermaid container and they escaped with nothing.”

According to WTVR, the couple has been left with nothing.

“Lisa called me from their van, hysterically crying, while Mike was still helping people,” one neighbor reported. “There’s a disabled man on Churchwood that he was helping get out of his home before he would leave the neighborhood. They were the last ones to leave, barely with their lives.”

Williams was unavailable for comment at the time, as he was fighting fires elsewhere in the state.

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