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California Briefing / Palos Verdes Peninsula

Car fire causes 3 acres to burn

September 04, 2009|Jeff Gottlieb

Los Angeles County firefighters quickly put out a 3-acre brush fire Thursday evening that came within a few feet of expensive homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula..

It occurred about 5 p.m. when a car caught on fire near Chadwick School near the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive North, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Michael Brown.

The blaze quickly spread to the surrounding brush. About six homes were evacuated, but firefighters had the fire under control by 6:10 p.m.

The fire marked the first time county firefighters had used a Super Scooper, an airplane that can fly over the ocean or a lake and pick up 1,600 gallons of water in its belly to drop on the fire, Brown said.

-- Jeff Gottlieb

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