Who Is William Osman? YouTuber’s House Burned by Ventura Fire, GoFundMe Campaign Goes Viral

YouTuber William Osman’s house was destroyed on Tuesday as wildfire raged in Ventura County in California. A GoFundMe account was started by friend David Willner to help pay for the damages. The campaign has a goal of 10,000, but surpassed $120,000 from more than 6,300 donors in 20 hours.

Osman and wife Chelsea are newlyweds who are “a couple that was made for each other,” Willner wrote in the beginning of the post. But their “positive journey” together was put on hold when the blaze decimated their home.

“They are safe and were able to evacuate with a few important belongings, but will have to rebuild their lives and will need your help. Any funding (no matter how small) would greatly help relieve The Osmans of some of the financial stress this situation has created,” Willner wrote. “Send them the love, good vibes, prayers, thoughts to them as they deserve all of that and more.”

Osman took to YouTube on Tuesday, where he posted a video that shows the ruins. He says it was supposed to be a funny video, but it was nothing other than heartbreaking for most viewers to watch.

Still, Osman tries to make light of the situation by showing off his kitchen, or where it used to be. He offers beverages to the cameraman, but there are only some empty cans left.

“I know we do stuff that might make it seem like it was our fault, but Ventura County has experienced a massive wildfire,” Osman says in the clip, which garnered more than 488,000 views. 

Since the houses on either side of his were not touched by the fire, Osman says they were “very unlucky.”

“This is awful,” he said while picking up the debris. “Seeing it up close and going through it makes it so much worse.” 

“I thought I was going to be able to hold myself more together, but this really sucks. It’s like everything,” the YouTuber admits. “I haven’t cried in a really long time.”

The only thing that survived the fire was a fork—and Osman says he will cherish it.

While the YouTuber explains he had renter’s insurance, which he just recently purchased, it wasn’t enough to pay for everything. That’s why he promotes the GoFundMe page.

Since Monday, the Ventura blaze burned 65,500 acres and reached the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. More than 27,000 people were told to evacuate, with Governor Jerry Brown declaring a state of emergency.

“This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,” Brown said. “It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”

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