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Firefighter hit by ammunition undergoes 5-hour operation to save eye

A Ventura County firefighter underwent five hours of surgery at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a serious eye injury while fighting a house fire in Thousand Oaks.

Paul Torres, 36, was hurt when ammunition stored inside the home went off during the blaze. Doctors at UCLA worked to save the vision in Torres' right eye, said Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Ron Oatman.

Doctors were guardedly optimistic that the operation was a success, but it's too early to know the degree to which the injury will effect his vision, officials said.

Family, friends and Fire Department colleagues have been holding vigil at UCLA.

Torres was one of several firefighters to respond to a house fire the erupted Monday afternoon on Laurelwood Court. According to the Fire Department, the fire caused propane canisters and hundreds of rounds of ammunition to explode. Some of that material hit Torres.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Ventura County Fire Department

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I am praying for this guy. These guys should not have to risk their lives every time they enter a house.

People should have to mark their houses if they contain ammunition. Then the firefighters can decide if they want to let the house burn down or not. If you are going to keep ammunition in your house, you better have the right kind of insurance, because the person you hurt is going to own everything you have, or ever will have if you don't.


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