Ventura Man Loses Everything in Devastating Thomas Fire

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Arsen Roberts observed what was left of his Ventura home Wednesday, and it was reduced to rubble.

Arsen "Tony" Roberts looks on at what is left of his Ventura home that was destroyed in the Thomas Fire on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Arsen "Tony" Roberts looks on at what is left of his Ventura home that was destroyed in the Thomas Fire on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

“Everything is burned down to the ground,” the 74-year-old told KTLA.

His home along Skycrest Court since 1961 was gone, and so were his cats, his only companions since his wife died a few years ago.

He had so little time to escape the wind-whipped Thomas Fire that he couldn’t save his cats, or even get his wallet.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now, I can’t think right,” Roberts said. “It hurts.”

He doesn’t have a cellphone and he has been sleeping in the back of his truck.

As if he was planning to rebuild, he said “I suppose.”

Authorities last estimated that 150 structures have been destroyed in the destructive blaze, but the number is expected to increase.

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