Gary Paris, longtime Carpinteria, Santa Barbara resident, lost his Gobernador Canyon home in The Thomas Fire, in the early morning of Sunday, December 10, 2017. Gary was renting, without insurance.
HE LOST EVERYTHING!!
Gary, in his kitchen, of burned home.
Gary, an 80 year old Antique dealer, lived in this quaint and enchanted paradise, off of Hwy. 150 in Carpinteria California, since 2005, with his beloved dog, Buster, his Koi fish and pheasants. Gary had an open door policy for anyone who needed friendship or a temporary haven.
The area had been under evacuation earlier in the week. Saturday, Dec. 9th. The evaucation was lifted and residents were allowed to return. The wonderful brave fire fighters were positioned closeby, outside the ranch. Finally, Saturday night, Gary was able to get some sleep, having been on alert all week. Around 1:50 am, a friend staying with him, was awakened by the flames outside the home. Gary was awakened, grabbed his phone and dog to flee. He forgot his charger, went back in the house, got it, not knowing it would be the last he would ever walk out the door. He walked out without his clothes, shoes, his supplements, anything. He literally woke up, and fled, with Buster, flames all around him.
The news reports broke later in the day, one house was lost in Carpinteria. The photo was shared by the media of the home up in flames. IT WAS GARY'S HOUSE!!
Gary has been valiantly fighting a serious medical condition, with expensive supplements, and has continued to live an active life. This devastating loss has left him without his supplements that he receives via mail. His symptoms have returned with a vengence.
Gary and Buster are presently staying in a motel.
Gary's home was filled with many collectibles, antiquies and art that he has collected throughout his eighty years, now burned.
The hardest, and saddest, is the loss of his birds and fish.
Please, whatever you can contribute, to help Gary and Buster in their quest to find a home and restore a semblance of the life they knew, is much appreciated.
Gary's House, 7408 Stanley Park Rd. (part of 7676 Stanley Park Rd.)
Chinese Crested Pheasants Boy from egg
Buster in back yard
Golden Chinese Pheasants
Stream in front of house
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