70-year-old woman killed in Thomas Fire

Authorities have confirmed the first death as a result of the approximately 150,000-acre Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The victim was a 70-year-old woman.

Virginia Pesola, of Santa Paula, was reportedly found dead inside a burned car near Ojai. Pesola was involved in a traffic accident while evacuating, and she died of blunt force injuries combined with terminal smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, a medical examiner said. Read More …