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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Union officials urge OCFA board not to accept Chief Bowman’s resignation, but he’s still out

IRVINE — Union officials representing Orange County Fire Authority’s rank-and-file personnel urged the authority’s board of directors Thursday night not to accept the resignation of Fire Chief Jeff Bowman.

“Prior to Chief Bowman’s appointment in 2013, morale was low and there was no direction,” said Baryic Hunter, president of Orange County Professional Firefighters Association. “With Chief Bowman’s appointment, goals were established and morale improved.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Tim Steging, association vice president.

“Under Chief Bowman, the department has had direction and support for the men and women in the field,” he said. “We urge you to do everything you can to keep Chief Bowman as the leader of the Orange County Fire Authority.”

However, not everyone was in favor of Bowman staying on the job.

Lake Forest City Councilman Dwight Robinson said the board should heed the request of the Chief Officers Association, which asked Bowman to step down. The association represents OCFA  battalion and division chiefs.

“To not accept the resignation would create a chaotic situation,” Robinson said.

  • OCFA board members listen to public comments on the resignation of Chief Jeff Bowman during a special meeting at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine on Thursday, August 24, 2017.(Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    OCFA board members listen to public comments on the resignation of Chief Jeff Bowman during a special meeting at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine on Thursday, August 24, 2017.(Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Firefighters listen to public comments on resignation of OCFA Chief Jeff Bowman during a special meeting at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine on Thursday, August 24, 2017.(Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Firefighters listen to public comments on resignation of OCFA Chief Jeff Bowman during a special meeting at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine on Thursday, August 24, 2017.(Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jeff Bowman, the chief for the Orange County Fire Authority, stands in front of the firefighters memorial and its eternal flame at the Orange County Fire Authority headquarters in Irvine after joining the department. (Orange County Register file photo)

    Jeff Bowman, the chief for the Orange County Fire Authority, stands in front of the firefighters memorial and its eternal flame at the Orange County Fire Authority headquarters in Irvine after joining the department. (Orange County Register file photo)

  • OCFA board members, Firefighters and the public listen to public comments on resignation of OCFA Chief Jeff Bowman during a special meeting at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine on Thursday, August 24, 2017.(Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    OCFA board members, Firefighters and the public listen to public comments on resignation of OCFA Chief Jeff Bowman during a special meeting at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine on Thursday, August 24, 2017.(Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Thursday night, OCFA’s board, which is made up of officials representing its 25 partner cities and jursidictions, spent more than four hours in closed session. When the panel reconvened, it had taken no action on Bowman’s resignation, meaning he is still off the job.

“The acting chief remains (in charge),” said David Kendig, OCFA’s attorney. Assistant Chief Dave Anderson was named acting chief until an interim leader and, eventually, a permanent one can be appointed by the board.

Bowman, 65, stunned rank-and-file firefighters on Aug. 17, when he unexpectedly announced his immediate resignation.

“I have enjoyed my tenure here, and would like to believe I have made a positive difference to the OCFA,” Bowman, who has been chief for three years, said in a statement.

Bowman did not give a reason for his resignation and wasn’t present at Thursday night’s meeting. He did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Officials with the Chief Officers Association sent a letter to the OCFA board about “current tensions” created in the department by Bowman, saying they met with him a day before he resigned and recommended he step down “to save the organization further embarrassment.”

“The membership felt strongly that it is our duty to report to the governing body our serious concerns regarding the fire chief’s conduct,” the letter said referring to a Tuesday, Aug. 15, meeting when the association voted 39-0 to report its issues to the board of directors.

The letter did not detail specifically the association’s grievances against Bowman.

During Thursday’s public comment, board member Todd Spitzer, who is an Orange County supervisor, questioned why no representatives from the Chief Officers Association came to speak.

“We are only hearing positive things (about Bowman) and you want us to go into closed session?” Spitzer asked.

Board Chairwoman Elizabeth Swift, who is mayor of Buena Park, rebuked Spitzer, describing his comments as “out of line.” She added that representatives of the Chief Officers Association were free to decide whether or not to speak.

The OCFA serves 23 cities and the unincorporated areas of Orange County – covering 1.6 million residents – and Bowman had overseen it for three years.

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Anaheim apartment’s balcony fire likely triggered by fireworks; baby treated for smoke inhalation

ANAHEIM — An infant was being treated for smoke inhalation after authorities believe fireworks caught the balcony of an Anaheim apartment building on fire Tuesday, July 4.

The fire broke out shortly after 10 p.m. in the 2100 block of West Brownwood Avenue.

Anaheim fire and police responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the blaze. It was contained to the balcony, they said, and didn’t spread to the apartment itself.

  • Anaheim firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze triggered by fireworks on July 4. (Courtesy of Anaheim Fire & Rescue)

    Anaheim firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze triggered by fireworks on July 4. (Courtesy of Anaheim Fire & Rescue)

  • Anaheim firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze triggered by fireworks on July 4. (Courtesy of Anaheim Fire & Rescue)

    Anaheim firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze triggered by fireworks on July 4. (Courtesy of Anaheim Fire & Rescue)

  • Anaheim firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze triggered by fireworks on July 4. (Courtesy of Anaheim Fire & Rescue)

    Anaheim firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze triggered by fireworks on July 4. (Courtesy of Anaheim Fire & Rescue)

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Officers found extensive evidence of fireworks in the street outside the apartment, but Sgt. Daron Wyatt said no one would identify who was setting them off.

“Safe and sane” fireworks are legal in Anaheim, with proceeds from sales benefiting local nonprofits.

No one else was hurt in the brief blaze.

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