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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along the bare, wheat-colored slopes of Laguna Beach and Emerald Bay, fate is as capricious as a wind-blown gust of fire. Some families who lost everything a year ago to an untamed 2,000-degree blaze are flourishing, grateful that their memories are more durable than Christmas ornaments and sterling flatware. Others, who survived with their ocean views and luxury houses intact, see no charm in their luck. The Oct.
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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along the bare, wheat-colored slopes of Laguna Beach and Emerald Bay, fate is as capricious as a wind-blown gust of fire. Some families who lost everything a year ago to an untamed 2,000-degree blaze are flourishing, grateful that their memories are more durable than Christmas ornaments and sterling flatware. Others, who survived with their ocean views and luxury houses intact, see no charm in their luck. The Oct.
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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rooftop is a special retreat for Laurel and Michael Harden. A year ago, the Hardens--armed with garden hoses--waged their last stand there against the wild blaze that showered their Emerald Bay home with burning embers. "It never occurred to us that we had any danger. We had three hoses, water pressure and a way out on the Pacific Coast Highway. And we had each other," recalled Laurel Harden, 43. "And we had that sureness that comes from adrenaline."
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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rooftop is a special retreat for Laurel and Michael Harden. A year ago, the Hardens--armed with garden hoses--waged their last stand there against the wild blaze that showered their Emerald Bay home with burning embers. "It never occurred to us that we had any danger. We had three hoses, water pressure and a way out on the Pacific Coast Highway. And we had each other," recalled Laurel Harden, 43. "And we had that sureness that comes from adrenaline."
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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Christmas Day, the tree in the Rach household will be decorated with shiny, new ornaments purchased at a post-holiday sale. A slightly scorched and blackened ceramic angel will also be part of the trimmings. "It's weird having so many angels make it through the fire, but they did," said Laurie Cooper, 29, a law student who was the first to see the smoking ruins of her mother and stepfather's Emerald Bay home. Inside were all her Christmas ornaments and childhood mementos.
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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Christmas Day, the tree in the Rach household will be decorated with shiny, new ornaments purchased at a post-holiday sale. A slightly scorched and blackened ceramic angel will also be part of the trimmings. "It's weird having so many angels make it through the fire, but they did," said Laurie Cooper, 29, a law student who was the first to see the smoking ruins of her mother and stepfather's Emerald Bay home. Inside were all her Christmas ornaments and childhood mementos.
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