The Thomas Fire has destroyed over 150 structures since it first blazed on Monday night, including Ventura County Fire Captain, Tom Lanski’s, home.
“I’ve watched people my whole career sift through things and I feel for them,” said Tom Lanski. “Obviously it’s really hitting home now.”
Tom Lanksi had planned to spend his birthday Tuesday with his family, including his daughter Amy, who is an intern for NBC Bay Area and a San Jose State University student. Amy was in town for her father’s birthday celebration when he was quickly called to the fire line.
Luckily for the Lanski family, they were able to pack their cars with photos and other irreplaceable belongings before the fire scorched their neighborhood.
Tom Lanski took Wednesday off to regroup with his family but plans to be back on the fire line soon. As for now, he is urging others to take the fire threat seriously.
“If they get the call to evacuate they need to get out,” he said. “I lost my house in the fire, it happens. Insurance will take care of it. It will never bring back a life.”