VENTURA (CBSLA) — A mental health hospital was among the 150 structures destroyed by the raging Thomas Fire in Ventura.
Firefighters were forced to abandon the Vista del Mar Hospital, which is on Seneca Street just north of downtown Ventura, to flames to try and defend neighboring condos and buildings from flames.READ MORE: Strike Averted: IATSE And AMPTP Have 'Basic Contract' Agreement, Per Officials With The Theatrical Stage Employees Union
As reporters and photographers watched, the hospital’s charred roof collapsed.READ MORE: Taylor's Blunder, Other Missed Chances Put LA In NLCS Hole
The facility includes several buildings on 16 acres with ocean views.
The hospital offers in-patient and out-patient treatment and a dependency programs. It also treats veterans with PTSD.MORE NEWS: Karen Bass Officially Kicks Off Her Run For Mayor Of Los Angeles At Saturday Event
It’s not clear how many patients were at the hospital when the Thomas Fire erupted, but all patients and workers were able to evacuate in time.