LAKE HUGHES, Calif. (KTLA) — A man who lost his house in the Powerhouse Fire commended firefighters Monday for saving so many other homes.
“The houses right across the street were saved, and so I really want to thank all the brave individuals who risked their lives to save our community. You know, we owe them a lot, we really do,” Gregg Johnson said.
Johnson’s home was one of six destroyed in the blaze Saturday night.
Hundreds of homes were evacuated in the Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake neighborhoods as a result of the Powerhouse Fire.
Johnson, who lived in the home 11 years, was allowed back to the site Monday.
He said he would be able to move on with the help of friends and neighbors.
“People do come together, they understand what it means to lose everything. And to try to bounce back from that you can’t do it without, you know, the help of people,” Johnson said.
A Red Cross evacuation center was set up at the Marie Kerr Park recreation center at 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale.
An evacuation site for large animals was set up at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.
Smaller animals were being accepted at the Lancaster Animal Shelter, at 5210 W Avenue I in Lancaster, or at the Castaic Animal Shelter, at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic.