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Local church with a satellite campus in Ventura opens doors for evacuees

Posted at 11:35 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 02:35:14-05

One local church with a satellite campus in Ventura has opened its doors Tuesday night to help residents trying to escape the Thomas Fire.

The Thomas Fire affecting thousands of families in Ventura, including Brad Lawson. 

Brad Lawson, who is a pastor at Valley Bible Fellowship's Ventura campus, has spent the last 24-hours on edge knowing houses of his church family including his home are in danger.
“The fire actually came you know with just a few yards of our backyard. We ended up getting out, got the kids, got the family over to the church," said Lawson.
Lawson's Church, N-Courage of Ventura is now a place where others came go to escape the fire.
Pastor Ron Vietti with Valley Bible Fellowship Bakersfield Joined Lawson Tuesday to help open the church's doors to help others.
“A lot of people in our church have been hit hard by these fires," said Pastor Ron Vietti. 
Vietti took to social media to get the word out that the church is open for families trying to escape the blaze.
“We just went live on Facebook just now and boosted our post to tell people we have this big building here and we are open to evacuees also," said Vietti.
Lawson is thankful for his church family, and to have the ability to help others just like him during the fire.
“It is a huge blessing I mean having a facility like this we might as well use it and it is cool to be used to help people," Lawson said.