Fire at Seal Beach apartment complex displaces 11 residents

SEAL BEACH — Firefighters knocked down a blaze inside an apartment building in Seal Beach on Sunday, May 26.

The two-alarm fire at a four-story apartment building in the 12400 block of Montecito Road was reported at 1:54 p.m., said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Cameron Rossman.

The OCFA and the Huntington Beach Fire Department dispatched a total of 44 firefighters to the scene, Rossman said.

The fire broke out in a unit on the fourth floor, Rossman continued. The bottom floor is a parking garage and residents live in units on the top three floors. The fire was contained to one unit. It was extinguished at about 2:20 p.m.

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One unit was destroyed and four others sustained water and smoke damage. No injuries were reported, Rossman said.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to arrange temporary housing for nine adults and two children, Rossman said,

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

 

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Arson suspected in Santa Ana mobile home fire

SANTA ANA — A suspected arson fire damaged a Santa Ana mobile home Thursday, April 18, but no injuries were reported.

The fire broke out about 8:45 a.m. in the 4800 block of West First Street in a mobile home park, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The home’s residents managed to get out safely, but the residence was deemed uninhabitable, Bertagna said.

Surveillance video indicated the fire was intentionally started by a man, Bertagna said, but there was no immediate word on the suspect’s identity or a possible motive.

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Two-alarm fire scorches Newport Beach home, no injuries reported

NEWPORT BEACH – A two-alarm fire damaged a home Wednesday evening on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, but no one was injured.

The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. in the 100 block of Via Dijon, according to a fire department dispatcher.

  • Newport Beach firefighters on scene of a 2nd alarm fire in the 100 block of Via Dijon on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, Wednesday evening, 12/19/2018. The cause of fire is under investigation. Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER,CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGAPHER

  • Newport Beach firefighters change air bottles at the scene of a 2nd alarm fire in the 100 block of Via Dijon on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, Wednesday evening, 12/19/2018. The cause of fire is under investigation. Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER,CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGAPHER

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  • Newport Beach firefighters at the scene of a two-alarm fire in the 100 block of Via Dijon on Lido Isle in Newport Beach on the evening of Wednesday, December 19. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

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The first arriving crews saw that the second-floor of the home was fully engulfed in flames and a second alarm was called, the dispatcher said.

Crews knocked down the blaze by 7:12 p.m., he said.

 

 

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Apartment fire is fatal to cats in Orange

ORANGE — Three cats were killed Monday night in an apartment fire in Orange, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire broke out at 10:19 p.m. at the Terrace Apartment at 200 City Blvd. West, according to the Orange Fire Department.

Thirty-four firefighters got the fire under control in a little less than 30 minutes, according to a dispatcher.

The cause of the fire was under investigation and there was no immediate word of displacements.

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Westminster business damaged in fire

WESTMINSTER – A Westminster business sustained moderate damage in a fire Thursday night, Feb. 22.

The blaze was reported around 10:30 p.m. at Wholesale Signs & Printing, 14861 Moran St., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

The cause of the fire that began inside the front of the business remains under investigation, he added. The business was unoccupied and no one was injured.

Damage estimates were not immediately available. Twenty-eight OCFA and Garden Grove firefighters responded.

 

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Man found dead after Long Beach house fire

LONG BEACH — A man in his 40s was found dead Wednesday night in a house fire in Long Beach.

The fire was reported at 9:57 p.m. in the 3000 block of Fashion Avenue, according to Jake Heflin of the Long Beach Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, there were reports that there were possibly people trapped inside the home, Heflin said.

Firefighters knocked down the flames in less than 10 minutes. After a search of the home, the man was found dead inside, Heflin said.

Investigators, as well as a representative from the coroner’s office, were summoned to the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire, as well as the cause of the man’s death, Heflin said.

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No injuries reported during fire at Huntington Beach recycling facility

HUNTINGTON BEACH >> A rubbish fire broke out at a recycling facility in Huntington Beach Thursday.

The fire was reported about 6:40 p.m. in the 17100 block of Nichols Lane, according to the Huntington Beach Fire Department.

“Crews spent over an hour assisting in the extinguishment and overhaul,” according to a fire department statement.

No injuries were reported.

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Firefighters quickly douse Orange fire

ORANGE >> Firefighters made quick work Tuesday night of a brush fire that broke out near a cemetery in Orange.

The fire was reported at 6:50 p.m. in the 8000 block of East Santiago Canyon Road, behind Ascension Cemetery, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

Orange Fire Department units, with assistance from the OCFA and Anaheim Fire-Rescue Department, knocked down the fire within 15 minutes, Kurtz said.

No structures were immediately threatened but strong winds did raise concerns that embers could be carried to some homes not far from the fire location, Kurtz said.

The cause of the fire, which burned less than an acre of brush, was under investigation, he said.

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Photos: El Segundo Chevron Refinery Fire

El Segundo Chevron Refinery Fire

  • An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

    An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

  • An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

    An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

  • An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

    An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

  • An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

    An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

  • An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

    An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

  • An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

    An explosion and fire rocked the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Tuesday night, prompting a call for residents to shelter in place as thick black smoke billowed into the sky. The blast occurred about 10:45 p.m. on the west side of the refinery complex along Grand Avenue near Vista del Mar. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos Courtesy Jack Zellweger

  • The Chevron Refinery had a fire late Tuesday evening. Credit CBS2/Los Angeles

    The Chevron Refinery had a fire late Tuesday evening. Credit CBS2/Los Angeles

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A fire at the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening was quickly put out by fire departments.Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
A fire at the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening was quickly put out by fire departments.<br />Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
A fire at the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening was quickly put out by fire departments.Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
A fire at the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening was quickly put out by fire departments.<br />Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
Vista Del Mar is closed to traffic because of a fire at the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening.Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
Vista Del Mar is closed to traffic because of a fire at the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening.<br />Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
Manhattan Beach fire department paramedics leave the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening after a fire was quickly extinguished.Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
Manhattan Beach fire department paramedics leave the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening after a fire was quickly extinguished.<br />Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
Manhattan Beach fire department paramedics leave the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening after a fire was quickly extinguished.Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.
Manhattan Beach fire department paramedics leave the El Segundo Chevron Refinery late Tuesday evening after a fire was quickly extinguished.<br />Photo for The Daily Breeze by Axel Koester, 10/17/2017.

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State prisoners are a ‘valuable resource’ on the front lines of Canyon Fire 2

Wearing 60-pound backpacks, a platoon of prisoners marched Wednesday, Oct. 11 along a narrow trail at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange.

Then the dozen or so inched their way up a steep hillside blackened by the devastating Canyon Fire 2.

The mission for the minimum-security inmates from the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp in Valyermo was unglamorous. But it’s essential: Extinguish hot spots and clear brush so the blaze won’t kick up again.

And though their freedom was fleeting, relished the tedious work and the chance to be outdoors.

  • The Fenner Canyon Fire Crew prepares to make their way into the hills to put out hot spots in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Fenner Canyon Fire Crew prepares to make their way into the hills to put out hot spots in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew put out hot spots from the Canyon Fire on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Members of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew put out hot spots from the Canyon Fire on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Fenner Canyon Fire Crew truck parked in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Fenner Canyon Fire Crew truck parked in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew put out hot spots from the Canyon Fire on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Members of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew put out hot spots from the Canyon Fire on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A member of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew makes his way past playground equipment and into the hills to put out hot spots from the Canyon Fire in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A member of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew makes his way past playground equipment and into the hills to put out hot spots from the Canyon Fire in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew puts water on a hot spot on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Members of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew puts water on a hot spot on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A member of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew puts out a hot spot from the Canyon Fire on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A member of the Fenner Canyon Fire Crew puts out a hot spot from the Canyon Fire on a hillside in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange on Wednesday afternoon, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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“It’s a real good experience,” said Deshan Heard, a 33-year-old inmate from Los Angeles serving a six-year sentence for robbery. “It’s better than sitting (in the prison) yard. I like getting in there and helping people.”

Fenner Canyon is among 42 conservation camps in 27 counties operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It’s north and west of Mt. San Antonio.

One aim of the camps is to support state and federal agencies with wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. Most of the camps are strategically located in rural areas so inmate crews can respond quickly to emergencies.

Nearly 500 inmates have been assigned to help fight the Canyon Fire 2, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.

“The inmates provide a valuable resource,” he said. “It seeds the march toward our goal of 100-percent containment of this fire.”

Inmates must volunteer to work in fire camps. They also must demonstrate an aptitude for firefighting, have minimum-level custody status, be certified as physically fit and complete two weeks of training.

Inmates who join fire camps have a day shaved from their sentences for every two days they work. They are paid $2 for each day in camp, and $1 an hour while they are on a fire line.

“Getting a $1 hour is huge (for inmates),” said Lt. William Mock, commander of the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp.

The inmates work under the watchful eyes of corrections officers and very few attempt to walk away from fire lines, he added.

“I’m learning new skills,” said Heard, who hopes to become a U.S. Forest Service firefighter when he is paroled in 2018.

Brian Thorne, a 33-year-old inmate from Pasadena, said the fire camp is an adrenaline rush and allows inmates to be of service.

“Usually we fight in jail,” he said. “Now, we have weapons (firefighting tools) to cut down trees and help people.”

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