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California family that lost home to wildfire can find wedding ring under debris

Donna and Mike McKendry found a precious heirloom, while sifting through the rubble of their house burnt to the ground by the Thomas fire in California.

(Fox 11 Los Angeles)

Residents return Wednesday to what is left of their homes in parts of Ventura, and in many cases, there is nothing more.

We talked with Donna and Mike McKendry, who are now sifting through what was once their dream home on Skyview Terrace after losing in the Thomas Fire.

“What was important for not so much now; it puts things in a new perspective,” says Donna.

Their house is just one of the dozens of houses that was destroyed in Ventura in the Thomas Fire.

“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, so just mix them together,” Mike says.

The couple managed to get with their beloved dogs, and then waited anxiously for word on their house.

FOX 11 reporter Gigi Graciette checked on their house for them after she was asked to check on Twitter, and gave them the shocking news.

Donna and Mike took a precious reminder that the fire did not take Donna’s mother’s original wedding rings.

“I found my mother’s original wedding rings, and I’m really happy. It is not in good condition, but I go for the rest of my life,” Donna says.

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