VENTURA (CBSLA) — As a family’s mansion burned to the ground, all the homeowner wanted saved was a Christmas tree and a holiday wreath hanging on the door.

CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen reported live as the massive home came crashing down. He later showed the spot where firefighters pulled the tree filled with years of family ornaments, and the wreath to a safe spot near Via Ondulando in the Thomas Fire.

The homeowner told Nguyen he was on the phone with firefighters with little time to spare.

“If we could save just one thing, what would you want it to be?” the firefighter asked the homeowner.

“Please save my Christmas tree for my kids because it’s got so many memories,” the man desperately asked.

The man was able to pick it up and take it to his family. He said he was able to express his gratitude to the firemen for “saving the one good thing this holiday season.”

Meanwhile many homes on Foothill Road were destroyed in what a veteran fire captain said was a first in his career.

“This has really been an epic fight,” the fire captain said. “This is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 20-year career.”

Some homes just had to be allowed to burn because crews were so overwhelmed with priorities.

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  2. Toby Arnold says:

    “As the massive home came crashing down, firefighters pulled the tree filled with years of family ornaments to a safe spot.” Dramatic words. I wish that I wasn’t such a cynic. So a house is burning down and the fire fighter makes a call and asks “if there was one thing in the house that we could save…”.  Who was this firefighter? His neighbor? Brother in law? Who was the owner? The Mayor maybe? Must be a connection there, as I can’t imagine a firefighter calling a homeowner, or the reverse, in the middle of house fire, which was about to be consumed . Maybe he called the cell to see if the owner was trapped in the house. “Hey dude, you trapped in the house somewhere? Oh, you’re at the neighbor’s; good, good….yeah… stay there.  Wait… is your neighbor’s house on fire? Ok, yeah- stay there. Hey as long as I’m here, you want I should save any of your stuff that’s not already on fire? The old irreplaceable family photos? Upstairs? Naw; they’re gone…2nd floor and the attic are done…Grandfather clock in the den that’s been in the family 5 generations? Hey- I’d like to help, but it’s solid oak and 7′ tall…never fit through the window. No… look… the beer in the fridge is hot by now. I’m in the living room. The tree? You know it’s dead already, right? It ain’t like it’s going to grow another root.ramatic words. I wish that I wasn’t such a cynic. So a house is burning down and the fire fighter makes a call and asks “if there was one thing in the house that we could save…”.  Who was this firefighter? Who was the owner? The Fire Chief maybe? Must be a connection there, as I can’t imagine a firefighter calling a homeowner in the middle of house which was about to be consumed by fire. Maybe he called the cell to see if the owner was trapped in the house. “Hey dude, you trapped in the house somewhere? Oh, you’re at the neighbor’s; good, good….yeah… stay there.  Wait… is your neighbor’s house on fire? Ok, yeah- stay there. Hey as long as I’m here, you want I should save any of your stuff that’s not already on fire? The old irreplaceable family photos? Upstairs? Naw; they’re gone…2nd floor and the attic are done…Grandfather clock in the den that’s been in the family 5 generations? Hey- I’d like to help, but it’s solid oak and 7′ tall…never fit through the window. No… look… the beer in the fridge is hot by now. I’m in the living room. The tree? You know it’s dead already, right? It ain’t like it’s going to grow another root.” Thankfully the firefighters made it out alive; I’d hate to see any one of them dead because of some flipping ornaments.

    1. saving the xmas tree while people lose their homes?? what kind of loons???? the firemen didn’t tell them to go away? and go help someone that’s in real need! glad I left the crazy land…

  3. How nice, that a rich person can ask firemen to save “one thing” from his megamillion-dollar mansion! How many poor people could get a fireman to even save their car from a fire, which they desperately need to go to work? I’ve never heard of firemen trying to save items from a fire; they usually only have time to just try to save lives and fight the fires, not salvage property.

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