50 Replies to “We lost our home in the Thomas Fire last December. While digging through the ashes afterward, my mother found her wedding ring.”

  1. My old family farm house home burned down about 25 years ago. Everything was burned to ashes, except a single Japanese ceramic doodad my oldest brother had picked up in Japan. It was of such kiln fired quality, it took the heat. 150 year old white oak really put out a hot fire.

  2. Ventura strong

    Love ventucky.

    Glad you are OK.

    I grew up in Ojai and evacuated my mother probably the day after you lost your home.

    My deepest condolences. This type of tragedy is something that will forever change the worldview.

    I sincerely hope that as a society we can recognize the impact we are having on the environment and how detrimental the result has become. It is time for change for the better.

  3. One time, my friends/coworkers and I were tasked with throwing out an old wooden picnic table from the summer camp where we worked. We initially were going to chuck it in the dumpster, but it was kind of an old table and it had a bunch of people’s signatures on it, as well as doodles and whatnot. We figured the table had too much character to throw away, so we retired it with dignity, in a huge bonfire. We invited the whole camp staff and made a big thing out of it.

    We collected all the bolts and nuts and gave them to staff members that were at the bonfire as a keepsake. It was a very nice moment, seeing something with so much history being retired while the people who gave it its character in attendance. I still have my bolt somewhere.

  4. Sure she could get it polished like some of the other commenters have suggested, or she could wear it/keep it in its current state and have one hell of a story to share about it!

  5. Sorry for your home and the situation you’re going through. That fire was close to home, my family had to evacuate, others stayed and the firefighters came and saved their home cause the fire was right behind the house. It was so sad seeing all the destruction happen, and then the mudslides were horrible too.

    Beautiful ring, has a story to it now.

  6. Sorry that happened to you and your family. My house (and thousands of others) burned down 35 years ago this week in a huge bushfire here in Australia – the Ash Wednesday fires.

    The only thing I recovered was a half burned cricket ball from the back yard. It’s so cool your mum found her ring. Every year I still find the week of the anniversary a difficult time. I hope you and your folks are OK.

  7. Sorry for your loss. I used to work Personal Property for a large insurance company. If you have any questions about your items within the home please feel free to message me.

  8. It was crazy waking up the night of the fire and seeing the mountains lit up. You could see it burning from Santa Paula all the way to Ventura. Smoke for weeks afterwards; the clinic i work at was giving out masks to patient or anyone who needed them. I have pictures from the fire that look like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion.

  9. Lost my wedding ring when I was a TV photographer shooting a Packers game at Lambeau Field.

    It was freezing and I had to keep taking my gloves off to flip the little switches on the camera. One of those times, the ring came off and ended up in the mud as Lambeau does not have frozen tundra- pipes filled with warm water keep the field from becoming fully frozen.

    I never found it. Surprisingly, she took it really well and I had a new ring within a couple of weeks.

  10. My parents house, which was my childhood home, burned down 2 years ago. Neither of my parents had been wearing their rings, my dad was a mechanic and didn’t want the risk of his hand getting caught and my mom’s rings needed refit. I begged them to find them, as they were literally the only things I wanted to inherit, but they didn’t find them before construction on the new house was due to start. So many things are just buried underneath the new house. They’ll still find stuff in the dirt around, but I doubt they’ll ever find their wedding rings or so many other meaningful items.

    I hate that new house.

  11. Ventura resident here. I’m so sorry you lost your home. But I am thankful you and your family are safe. You need anything, just let me know. Even if it’s company and a cup of coffee.

  12. I work in disaster response. Sometimes, we’ll be mucking out a destroyed house and we find something like this. Giving it back to the owner is one of the best parts of the job. I’m so glad your mother found her ring.

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