Mike Hall-Mounsey, president and CEO of the Ojai Valley School, visited the hilltop upper school campus Wednesday to survey the damage wrought by the Thomas fire.
The school’s two-story dormitory for girls, which also has apartments for faculty, was destroyed. The science and technology building, erected about a decade ago with labs, lecture halls and classrooms, was leveled by the flames. Classroom doors were charred, and a part of the boys’ dormitory sustained damage.
“It came through here — gale-force winds with embers,” Hall-Mounsey said. “Winds burst doors open. Embers reached into attics and windows. The firefighters said they couldn’t save it all. They saved what they could.”