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June 23, 1995
In a ceremony that featured tributes from patients and firefighters, the Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital saluted its 25th anniversary Thursday by renaming the acclaimed facility after its founder and medical director. With the help of children who had been his patients, Dr. A. Richard Grossman unveiled a sign declaring it the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital.
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November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A detective investigating the gruesome burning death of a man on Halloween night said Monday that it appears the man may have accidentally started the fire himself while trying to light a cigarette. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Richard Biddle, a bystander recounted seeing the victim, Gilbert Estrada, accidentally ignite the hood of his Halloween costume with a cigarette lighter. When Estrada pulled the hood off his head, the flames spread to his back, eventually engulfing his whole body, the bystander said.
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July 1, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
George Holgate might not be a household name, but for a few moments today the Orange resident will be cheered by an audience of thousands. Just before the game at Dodger Stadium, Holgate will be escorted onto the field to be recognized as a "Hometown Hero." The investor is one of 20 people chosen by the baseball team and Inglewood's Centinela Hospital to symbolize the inspirational breaking of barriers achieved by Jackie Robinson 50 years ago, Dodger spokeswoman Anne Heaphy said.
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June 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police said they have yet to determine the cause of a fiery solo-car crash in Hollywood that apparently killed award-winning journalist Michael Hastings. The death of the 33-year-old Hastings was announced by his employer, BuzzFeed, which said he died in a Los Angeles car accident.  But the Los Angeles County coroner's office had yet to determine Wednesday whether a body recovered from a fiery car crash was that of Hastings. The body was “unrecognizable” and badly charred, police told the Los Angeles Times.
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December 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
The festive centerpieces, the plentiful food. None of it could hide the raw emotion about 30 people felt Monday as they gathered for Christmas dinner, not at home but in a hospital cafeteria. There, friends, family and relatives of Juan Jimenez of Santa Ana, Barry Ellegaard of Laguna Niguel and Armando Mesa of Garden Grove tried to come to terms with the events that had put the three men in the San Fernando Valley's Grossman Burn Center in critical condition.
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March 1, 1998
A man who suffered severe electrical burns during the filming of a Disney movie in rural San Bernardino County last week was in serious but stable condition Saturday after surgery at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital. David Riggio, 33, of Encino was badly burned when a camera boom he was handling shot 40 feet into the air and struck a cross-country power line carrying 115,000 volts of electricity.
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October 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Declaring that "life will never be normal for me and a lot of other people," a critically burned survivor of the trade center attack was released from the hospital. Securities trader Manu Dhingrha left the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan where he was treated for burns on 35% of his body. Dhingrha, 27, worked for Andover Brokerage on the 83rd floor of the north tower. He said he "heard an explosion" and was "covered in a ball of fire."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Even though bandages cover third-degree burns on her legs, arm and hand, Sheryl Hayes speaks hopefully of finally ending a long streak of bad luck. Merchants and residents have started a campaign to collect money for the 37-year-old Bellflower woman, who was severely burned in a kitchen accident two weeks ago. While she was in the hospital being treated for her injuries, her boyfriend was killed in a traffic accident. Businesses, restaurants and the Fullerton Firefighters Assn.
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July 13, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Appealing to the court of public opinion as they try to protect the largest personal injury award in history, the survivors of a fiery crash will donate half the $4.9 billion in damages won Friday from General Motors Corp. to the care and treatment of other burn victims, their attorneys said Monday. Plaintiff Patricia Anderson said it is the right thing to do.
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February 19, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
David Rothenberg, who was horribly burned 14 years ago by his father in a Buena Park motel, will make his acting debut next month on the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful." Rothenberg, 20, will portray a burn victim named Justin who counsels another character injured in a fire. "He visits the hospital to offer support," said Rothenberg's agent, Howie Hubberman. "It's an inspirational thing. It comes from the heart because he went through it."
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August 9, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Don't be deterred by its seemingly grim topic - "Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged" is a gripping, emotionally potent, often startling documentary about a remarkable group of burn survivors and their physical and psychological triumphs over adversity. Director Megan Smith-Harris masterfully interweaves the harrowing stories of a cross-section of Americans who, then-ranging from ages 13 to 31, were ravaged by burn injuries as a result of largely accidents: an outdoor fireplace calamity, a high school chemistry lab explosion, an overnight house fire, a race car crash and more.
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September 11, 2010 | Alexandra Zavis and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Hours after the explosion ripped through her home, the flames searing her clothing and setting her belongings afire, Gayle Masunu watched a telecast of her San Bruno neighborhood. It was in ruins. Her injuries, though, proved to be far less serious — first and second-degree burns, painful but treatable. Masunu was allowed to go home with relatives. For the most desperate cases, however, the road to recovery is long and filled with risk. Serious burn victims can endure multiple surgeries that stretch over months.
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January 25, 2010 | By Sherry Jacobson
Dallas Wiens remembers standing in a cherry picker repairing a church window when his cellphone rang. The next thing he remembers is waking up three months later in the burn unit of a Dallas hospital. His family told him his head touched a high-voltage power line that day in November 2008. The jolt seared off his face. By the time he was awakened from an induced coma last February, Wiens had been through more than 20 surgeries and his face had become a smooth, featureless melon of skin and muscle harvested from elsewhere on his body.
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December 23, 2009 | Times Wire Services
Michael Brewer, the teenager set on fire in October, will spend Christmas with his family. Friends said Tuesday that Brewer, 15, had been released from the hospital. "He got his Christmas wish," said Kelly Sheets, a family friend. "He's doing great, his spirit is in good condition," she said, though he did once tell her, "It hurts." Brewer was burned on more than two-thirds of his body after authorities say he was attacked by a group of boys on Oct. 12. He has undergone three skin grafts.
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October 6, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other authorities held them up as examples of irresponsible behavior. They were the butt of jokes. But one of the two Big Tujunga Canyon residents who jumped into a hot tub to escape the raging Station fire says they are being unfairly judged. Julius Goff, who suffered serious burns, told The Times that he did not ignore a mandatory evacuation order but instead stayed behind to warn 10 neighbors who did not receive the order to leave. By the time he reached his own house, with plans to get his housemate and get out, the fire had surrounded them.
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June 28, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
Here's one of those small-world stories, the kind that shrink the world down to a village and give you a little faith in the power of goodwill. It begins in early 2008 in Zimbabwe. The country is in turmoil, a family's electricity is out and the backup stove explodes as it's being refueled. Maka Chawoneka, 4 years old, screams as burned skin and flesh peel from her face and upper body.
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June 27, 1994 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are just like any other kids at summer camp: playful, brooding, energetic, not quite in control of their emotions. But they are different, too. Chadwick, a bubbly 8-year-old whose spindly arms and legs are a constant blur of motion, has deep scars over most of his small body. Chrissy, 14, a little boy crazy and more than a little mistrustful of authority figures, tires of the taunts and stares she gets at school because of her disfigured face.
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August 26, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burn victims awarded a record $4.9 billion in a lawsuit against General Motors Corp. are willing to forgo most of the money if the auto maker agrees to conduct a recall, their lawyers said Wednesday. The offer was made on behalf of two women and four children severely burned when the fuel tank of their 1979 Chevrolet Malibu exploded in a rear-end collision. It came shortly before a hearing scheduled for today on GM's appeal of the jury award. GM also has asked the judge to order a new trial.
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June 9, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A third child injured in a fire that destroyed a day-care center in northern Mexico has been admitted for treatment at the Northern California Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento, officials said. The 2-year-old boy arrived at the hospital about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said Catherine Curran, a spokeswoman for the hospital. The boy was burned over 20% of his body and was listed in serious condition, she said. A 3-year-old girl who suffered burns to 80% of her body was the first child to be admitted to the hospital's pediatric burn unit Saturday afternoon, and a 3-year-old boy with burns to 50% of his body arrived about 11 p.m. Saturday, Curran said.
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