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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Patients evacuated as Vista Del Mar Hospital in Ventura burns [Ventura County Star, Calif.] - December 15, 2017

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 12/6/17 - Patients evacuated as Vista Del Mar Hospital in Ventura burns [Ventura County Star, Calif.]

Dec. 05Fire licked at the charred skeleton of Vista Del Mar Hospital. Black smoke spewed. Flames ignite

Therapist Mehrzad Bazyar stood outside Vista Del Mar Hospital as it spewed smoke and flames Tuesday morning. He pointed at an obliterated corner of a building.

"That was my office," he said, noting that the building "had just been decorated for Christmas."

At least two structures an administration building and a unit for adolescents were destroyed by the fire Monday night, flames still cracking and exploding on Tuesday.

"I didn't know," said Bazyar who lives in Thousand Oaks and came to work not knowing the fire had hit Ventura. He walked the grounds taking pictures with his cellphone.

"Oh my God," he whispered.

The fire forced the evacuation of 67 patients, who were relocated to other facilities on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Ventura County Medical Center said some of the patients were being taken there.

Bazyar was told many of the patients were taken temporarily to a shelter at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

"I have to go and help them," he said.

As Bazyar scrambled down a hill to his car, others wandered on the still-flaming hospital campus.

"Tragic," said Roger Johnson, 63, who lives in a nearby condo. He evacuated late Monday night and came back Tuesday to see if his home survived. It did.

"All the condos got dodged," he said, considering the idea of trying to return to his home, listening to a stranger's advice on thinking through all the risks.

"It's such a helpless feeling," he said.

This story will be updated.


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