OLIVEHURST, Calif. — Yuba County authorities are investigating a fire that resulted in the destruction of at least three homes in Olivehurst over Independence Day weekend.
Homeowner Jay Vang got the news in a video sent by a relative on the afternoon of July 2. At the time, he was on a trip to Disneyland with his wife, Phuoa, two sons and young daughter.
"No words. No words can explain it," Vang said.
It's a scene that has become all too common in Northern California, but for the Vang family, it was surreal.
"It looks like one of those movies, like a Mad Max movie, where nothing's left," Vang said. "Like a bad dream that has come true, you know?"
While the Vang family lost their home, three cars, and countless other prized possessions, they are grateful to be together and unhurt. In the meantime, they are staying with a relative a few blocks away.
The Yuba County Officer of Emergency Services said the case is an ongoing arson investigation involving juveniles. No additional information regarding the investigation has been released.
"We were kids before and we were naughty and disobedient, but to actually light up a whole block on fire or something like that, I don’t even know what to say about that," Vang said.
A family friend set up a GoFundMe page to help the Vang family cover their expenses.