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The story behind the photos: How a group of friends saved a stranger's house in Ventura

The story behind the photos: How a group of friends saved a stranger's house in Ventura

L.A. Times photographer Marcus Yam captured dramatic photos that showed five friends fighting the Ventura blaze with garden hoses late Monday night. The photos turned into a Twitter moment and were seen by thousands of people. We talked to Marcus about how he got those shots, how to do your job in a fire, and what happened next.

Question: What was happening before these shots were taken? Where were you?

Marcus Yam: I was supposed to go to Santa Paula that night, but because of evacuation traffic, if I tried to get into the fire...

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