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By Cindy Frazier | November 19, 2007
The Orange County Fire Authority is gearing up for a high-velocity Santa Ana wind event expected to mirror the conditions that occurred during the devastating Santiago fire of several weeks ago.  Weather experts are predicting high winds and single digit relative humidity in Orange County, but temperatures will be cooler than during that Santa Ana event.  Extra engines and air support will be at the ready, according to the fire authority.  Residents are urged to be cautious regarding outdoor barbecues and to be watchful for fires in the wilderness.
NEWS
November 8, 2002
Fire claims house, family dog When firefighters on Engine Two pulled up to a residential fire in the 1600 block of Thalia Street they were faced with a fully involved fire that was starting to spread to a neighboring home. "It was working on the house next to it," said Capt. Dan Steffano of Station Two. The call came in at about 9:12 a.m. Friday from residents who watched helplessly as their neighbors' home was engulfed in flames. Along with the crew from Engine One that arrived on their heels, Steffano began an attack plan to save neighboring structures.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
An Eagle Rock Way home sustained at least $1 million in damages after an early-morning blaze Wednesday consumed most of the structure and its contents, according to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. One occupant of the home and one firefighter suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire. Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls at 1:15 a.m. reporting a large structure fire in the 22000 block of Eagle Rock Way, LaTendresse said. Four engines, one truck company and a chief officer from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority initially responded.
NEWS
December 19, 2003
Suzie Harrison The Orange County Fire Authority has determined that Tuesday's fire in Laguna Beach was not accidental. The fire started shortly after 1 p.m. on Laguna Canyon Road across from the Sawdust Festival grounds. Laguna Beach police have a suspect in custody, but a police officer with the Orange County Fire Authority, who has the authority to make arrests related to arson, interviewed the suspect that the Laguna Beach Police brought in to question.
LOCAL
March 9, 2007
The Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council is inviting community members to attend a meeting where a summary of the draft Laguna Wildfire Protection/All Hazard Plan will be presented for review and comment. The meeting will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 17, in the City Council chambers at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. The plan was developed with input from the community, the Laguna Beach Fire Department, the Orange County Fire Authority, Laguna Beach County Water District, the Emerald Bay Community Assn.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 2, 2006
A fast-moving fire swept through a hillside home in Laguna Beach Monday morning, destroying the top floor of the three-story Temple Hills structure. It took firefighters about half an hour to douse the fire, Fire Dept. Division Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. "It got big quick, which is strange for a fire in the middle of the day," LaTendresse said. The fire was out by 11:48 a.m. Firefighters were concerned the fire could spread through the hillside area, and a fire engine was placed above the location as a precaution, LaTendresse said.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 4, 2006
A fast-moving fire - believed to have been caused by a gas heater - swept through a hillside home in Laguna Beach Monday morning, destroying the top floor of the three-story Temple Hills structure. It took firefighters about half an hour to douse the fire, Fire Dept. Division Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. "It got big quick, which is strange for a fire in the middle of the day," LaTendresse said. The fire was out by 11:48 a.m. Firefighters were concerned the fire could spread through the hillside area, and a fire engine was placed above the location as a precaution, LaTendresse said.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
An Eagle Rock Way home sustained at least $1 million in damages after an early-morning blaze Wednesday consumed most of the structure and its contents, according to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. One occupant of the home and one firefighter suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire. Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls at 1:15 a.m. reporting a large structure fire in the 22000 block of Eagle Rock Way, LaTendresse said. Four engines, one truck company and a chief officer from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority initially responded.
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LOCAL
August 21, 2009
Mother and son rescued from fire A mother and son were rescued from a fire in the 3000 block of Zell Avenue about 8:20 a.m. Aug. 13, according to city officials. The fire started in a detached garage, which was destroyed, and the home sustained significant smoke damage. City firefighters responded along with mutual aid from Orange County Fire Authority. The fire was reported knocked down at 8:53 a.m. The two who were rescued were taken to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach for examination and were subsequently released.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | March 19, 2009
A 65-year-old Laguna Beach woman was pronounced dead after an early-morning fire Tuesday that gutted the first floor of a three-level home in the 1000 block of Tia Juana Street. She was identified as Terrianne Curran. Curran died from smoke inhalation, according to Laguna Beach Police St. Jason Kravetz. “The cause of the fire has not officially been determined at this time, but investigators are strongly exploring the possibility that the cause was a lit cigarette thrown into a trash can,” Kravetz said Wednesday.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | March 17, 2009
A 65-year-old Laguna Beach woman was pronounced dead after an early-morning fire today that gutted the first floor of a three-level home in the 1000 block of Tia Juana Street. She was identified as Terrianne Curran. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the arson detail, police said. It is the third fire in four months in a multilevel “cliff-hanger” type home in Laguna Beach, and the first one with a serious injury involved. Firefighters were called to the home at 3:24 a.m. by the victim’s husband, who told dispatchers he could not reach his wife on the first floor where the fire was burning, according to Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | November 20, 2007
The Orange County Fire Authority is gearing up for a high-velocity Santa Ana wind event expected to mirror the conditions that occurred during the devastating Santiago fire of several weeks ago.  Weather experts are predicting high winds and single digit relative humidity in Orange County, but temperatures will be cooler than during that Santa Ana event.  Extra engines and air support will be at the ready, according to the fire authority.  Residents are urged to be cautious regarding outdoor barbecues and to be watchful for fires in the wilderness.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | November 1, 2007
The firestorms that bedeviled Southern California last week — but spared Laguna Beach — put the city’s firefighters to the test. The Santiago fire in Orange County is all but contained, and most of the city’s firefighters have come home, but are already gearing up for possible redeployment this weekend. Santa Ana winds are expected to kick up inland late Friday, and the National Weather Service has again issued a red flag alert for inland areas. Many firefighters worked overtime battling blazes in three different counties during the firestorms.
LOCAL
March 9, 2007
The Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council is inviting community members to attend a meeting where a summary of the draft Laguna Wildfire Protection/All Hazard Plan will be presented for review and comment. The meeting will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 17, in the City Council chambers at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. The plan was developed with input from the community, the Laguna Beach Fire Department, the Orange County Fire Authority, Laguna Beach County Water District, the Emerald Bay Community Assn.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 6, 2006
A fast-moving fire swept through a hillside home in Laguna Beach Monday morning, destroying the top floor of the three-story Temple Hills structure, Fire Dept. Division Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. It took firefighters about half an hour to douse the fire, LaTendresse said. "It got big quick, which is strange for a fire in the middle of the day," LaTendresse said. The fire was out by 11:48 a.m. Firefighters were concerned the fire could spread through the hillside area, and a fire engine was placed above the location as a precaution, LaTendresse said.
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