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November 8, 1994
The City Council has authorized the Fire Department to join a task force that helps perform rescues during major emergencies and disasters. The Urban Search and Rescue task force is made up of representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies. Members have been called to such emergencies as the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. Fire Chief Vincent Bonacker said last week that Fire Department employees have participated in the task force's work for three years.
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December 10, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 73-year-old Garden Grove woman died Sunday morning after a fire swept through the living room of her apartment. The coroner's office is still performing tests to identify the woman, who suffered third-degree burns over 90% of her body. Firefighters were still trying to determine what happened at the apartment, but said it does not appear to be a crime.
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March 29, 1999 | Jason Kandel, (714) 966-5848
The City Council recently agreed to hire an executive recruitment firm to search for a new fire chief. Chief Warren Hartley has announced his retirement, effective July 3. Hartley, 57, began his career in 1969 with the Garden Grove Fire Department.
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February 9, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA
What started as a small garage fire at a Garden Grove home late Wednesday flared up again into a far more threatening blaze early Thursday, hours after firefighters had left. Firefighters were called to 10812 Holly Drive shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, after owner Mike Lyons, at far left in photo, noticed smoke in the garage, where he runs a computer business.
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November 21, 1988
A $250,000 fire at a Garden Grove office building was deliberately set, but authorities said they could not comment on a possible motive. Vince Bonacker, Garden Grove Fire Department battalion chief, said the fire "did a lot of damage" to the second-story offices of JAL Marketing, 13139 Harbor Blvd., at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday. No one was in the building and no one was injured. The offices of a financial company on the first floor suffered heavy water damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1985
Fire of unknown origin swept through part of a Garden Grove upholstery shop early Tuesday, causing an estimated $75,000 damage, fire officials said. There were no injuries. The Foam Fabric store at 13106 Harbor Blvd. was unoccupied when the blaze broke out about 3 a.m. in a workshop and storage area, said Paul Ravize, a battalion chief with the Garden Grove Fire Department. Firefighters put the flames out within 20 minutes, Ravize said.
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February 27, 1994
Flames tore through a clothes-cleaning business early Saturday, causing about $250,000 in damage, authorities said. No injuries were reported, and investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze, said Ellen Covey, spokeswoman for the Garden Grove Fire Department. The fire set off an alarm at Hawk Industrial Uniforms at 11701 Anabel Ave. at 3:42 a.m., fire officials said. Flames already had burned through the roof when firefighters arrived.
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April 5, 1985
A fire burned a garage and part of a home in Garden Grove early Thursday, causing an estimated $75,000 damage and minor injuries to one person, authorities said. The cause of the fire had not been determined by late Thursday. Kristin George, 18, discovered the fire when she arrived home about 2 a.m., said Betty Burger, a spokeswoman for the Garden Grove Fire Department. She said George sprained her left ankle when she jumped over a block wall while running from the flames.
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January 21, 1992
An early-morning house fire Monday sent three firefighters and a homeowner to the hospital with minor injuries. Duane Young, 53, owner of a house in the 8800 block of La Grand Avenue, was taken to Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, where he was treated for smoke inhalation, according to Battalion Chief Ted Just of the Garden Grove Fire Department. Three firefighters also suffered minor injuries and were taken to the same hospital. They were treated and released.
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July 27, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
The City Council will determine whether to proceed with a study of the Orange County Fire Authority contract at its meeting Tuesday. The Fire Authority is requesting a 10-year contract, with a built-in cost increase for the city of 3% for the first five years and 4% for the succeeding five years. The $15,000 feasibility study will look at alternatives to the contract.
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July 24, 2000 | Chris Ceballos, (714) 966-7440
The Fire Department will receive what they say is a first-of-its kind fire-investigation vest that has ballistic panels at a ceremony Thursday. The new vest, donated by U.S. Armor, will offer high-level protection and have special pockets for investigation tools. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at department headquarters, 11301 Acacia Parkway. Information: (714) 741-5626.
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July 27, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
The City Council will determine whether to proceed with a study of the Orange County Fire Authority contract at its meeting Tuesday. The Fire Authority is requesting a 10-year contract, with a built-in cost increase for the city of 3% for the first five years and 4% for the succeeding five years. The $15,000 feasibility study will look at alternatives to the contract.
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December 24, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Veteran Garden Grove firefighter Warren Hartley has been named the department's new chief starting Jan. 5. He replaces Vincent F. Bonacker, a 20-year department veteran who will become fire chief in Orange. Hartley, 57, a 28-year department employee, has served as operations division chief for the last two years and held numerous other positions since joining the city in 1969. The Garden Grove resident will be responsible for a department of 103 employees in seven fire stations.
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November 27, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Council members this week unanimously appointed Vincent F. Bonacker, who is now fire chief for Garden Grove, as the city's new chief. "We're very pleased to bring Chief Bonacker to Orange," Mayor Joanne Coontz said. "The entire council welcomes his leadership and experience." The Irvine resident is expected to begin his job in mid-December, city officials said. Until then, Interim Chief Richard Dittberner will continue in the post.
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December 16, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A homeowner and a Garden Grove firefighter were hurt Sunday morning in separate residential fires that broke out within hours of each other, authorities said. The first blaze occurred at 6:42 a.m. at 11161 Wasco Road, trapping a man inside the home, Battalion Chief Keith Osborn said. Firefighters managed to get the homeowner, Dale Conney, out of the house from a back bedroom but the fire caused an estimated $175,000 damage before it was contained, Osborn said.
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September 20, 1989
A family of six was left homeless Tuesday when a fire gutted their apartment. No one was injured, but three adults and three children were driven out of a unit of the Crystal Wells Apartments in the 13000 block of Lampson Avenue shortly after 3 p.m., said Diane Boyles, a dispatcher for the Garden Grove Fire Department.
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