Wildfire forces evacuation of Thomas Aquinas College

No serious damage to any structures

View from Thomas Aquinas College campus just before evacuation. (image from Twitter @tadavagagah)

The fast-spreading flames of a California wildfire reached the borders of the campus of Thomas Aquinas College early this week, but they did not cause serious damage, and all students are safe.

“As a precaution, all students were evacuated, first to Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, then to homes of various friends, faculty, and alumni,” the college said on its website Dec. 5.

Looking southwest from Thomas Aquinas College. (image from Twitter @tadavagagah)

“Although flames at one point reached the campus perimeter, there has been no serious damage to any structures. Please continue to pray for all those affected and for all first responders.”

The college has canceled its Tuesday classes. The 400 students enrolled at the Santa Paula, Calif. institution are among the thousands of people forced to evacuate.

The fire, known as the Thomas Fire, began Monday evening in Steckel Park, less than three miles from campus. It quickly burned about 45,000 acres in 13 hours and spread to several homes in the northern area of the city of Ventura, home to more than 100,000 people, CNN reports.

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said that the prospects for containment are “not good” and the success of firefighting efforts will be dependent on the weather, the Washington Post reports.

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

Comments

comments

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Comments

  1. So Thomas Aquinas College was spared from the Thomas Fire? Sounds like providence to me.

  2. Catholics taking of each other during a time of need. God bless you all!

  3. My Prayers are with you St. Thomas Aquinas.

    • May St. Florian pray for the protection of all firefighters and the people fleeing the fires. May all turn to the Lord in this disaster.

  4. The Real Ralph says:

    The fire was named the “Thomas Fire” specifically in reference to the college – it’s not a coincidence. The first call to the fire department identified the location as at or immediately near TAC.

  5. Our Lady of Guadalupe and Blessed Junipero Serra, please pray for California and the urgent conversion of its leaders!

COMMENTS POLICY: Comments are limited to 750 characters and will be truncated at 750. Comments should not contain offensive or libelous language. Please strive to be civil. All comments are subject to approval by our moderator and to editing as the moderator deems appropriate. Inclusion of your email address is optional.

Speak Your Mind

COMMENTS POLICY: Comments are limited to 750 characters and will be truncated at 750. Comments should not contain offensive or libelous language. Please strive to be civil. All comments are subject to approval by our moderator and to editing as the moderator deems appropriate. Inclusion of your email address is optional.