Station Fire victim reflects on loss of home

Adi Ell-Ad's home after the fire.
Adi Ell-Ad's home after the fire.
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The largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history began one year ago yesterday. The Station Fire burned through 160,000 acres and destroyed about 90 homes, including the home of Adi Ell-Ad.

Adi Ell-Ad's home was in the Vogel Flats neighborhood in Big Tujunga Canyon, which was ravaged by the fire. A day after finding out about the loss of his home, he told KPCC he felt "between sad, angry and numb."

Now, Ell-Ad says he's in the "healing point" of his life.

"The first five weeks after the fire I was crying every day, nonstop basically," said Ell-Ad. "After five weeks I just decided that I don't want to live like this. I want to wake up and smell the roses and I want to have a good life and a happy life."

Ell-Ad now rents a home in Marina Del Rey. He says owning things isn't as important to him anymore, although he still wants to rebuild his old home in the Vogel Flats neighborhood. Los Angeles County officials have prevented anyone in that neighborhood from rebuilding because of permits and other issues.

(Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Adi Ell-Ad, who lost his home to the Station Fire last year.)