Maru, Keiko, Kristy and Amy Maruyama stand in front of what used to be their home. A burned-out refrigerator is in the background to the right. Masa believes that the kitchen refrigerator melted from the severe heat of the Thomas Fire. (Photo by Ken Matsui Images Photography)
By MICHAEL KOMAI, Rafu Shimpo
On the night of December 4, the Maruyama family was forced to flee from the Thomas Fire in Ventura. Tomiichi “Maru” and Keiko are immigrants from Japan, and they have two adult daughters, Amy and Kristy.