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August 27, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
The exhilaration was palpable as Adam and Candy Kessler arrived Wednesday at their freshly built residence in Sylmar's Oakridge Mobile Home Park -- he driving a U-Haul van filled with the couple's furniture and personal belongings, she following in a car. With them they also brought a resolve to help resettle a tight-knit community that was largely destroyed in last autumn's wildfires. "We're very excited," said Candy Kessler as she prepared to enter the yellow manufactured home they ordered to replace the one lost in November's Sayre fire.
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March 7, 2012
California insurance regulators have filed a trio of enforcement actions against an AIG-owned company for its handling of claims from Sylmar homeowners for damages caused by the 2008 Sayre fire. The fire, which occurred on Nov. 14, 2008, destroyed 480 mobile homes at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. The New Hampshire Insurance Co., a subsidiary of multinational insurer AIG, covered 370 of the structures. The California Department of Insurance said it received numerous complaints from New Hampshire policyholders about the company and its claims processing agent, York Risk Services Group Inc. The department subsequently cited the two companies for 125 violations of state law for alleged unfair or deceptive claims practices.
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January 1, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Ginny Harmon, burnt-red hair teased into her trademark bouffant, hits the brakes of her white company minivan along nearly every street. She pauses for seconds, sometimes minutes, to talk about what once was. There were red roses climbing up verandas, she says, elaborate brickwork, antique lampposts, fireplaces and fish ponds. Number 60 was where her hairstylist lived.
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July 24, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The front door of the new clubhouse was flung open and 63-year-old Marie Vargas, moving as fast as her feet allowed, followed the crowd inside for the first time. She looked at the ornate floor, the vaulted ceilings and the elevated stage — and smiled. "Beautiful," she said. "It's like we're home again. It's as if nothing ever happened." Almost two years ago, the Oakridge Mobile Home Park resident saw her own house and her community — the clubhouse and nearly 500 of the 600 manufactured homes — burn to the ground.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012
California insurance regulators have filed a trio of enforcement actions against an AIG-owned company for its handling of claims from Sylmar homeowners for damages caused by the 2008 Sayre fire. The fire, which occurred on Nov. 14, 2008, destroyed 480 mobile homes at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. The New Hampshire Insurance Co., a subsidiary of multinational insurer AIG, covered 370 of the structures. The California Department of Insurance said it received numerous complaints from New Hampshire policyholders about the company and its claims processing agent, York Risk Services Group Inc. The department subsequently cited the two companies for 125 violations of state law for alleged unfair or deceptive claims practices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1985
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge brought an end Thursday to a restraint-of-trade lawsuit against the owners of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar and a Van Nuys mobile-home dealer by approving a $1-million cash settlement for 157 tenants of the park. Under the settlement approved by Judge Christian E. Markey Jr., tenants who filed and remained plaintiffs in the class-action suit would receive no rent increases for two years and annual increases after that would be limited to 6%.
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November 16, 2009 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
For years, the Dibble sisters kept their grandfather's badge safely tucked away in a jewelry box. A Los Angeles firefighter, he was killed in the line of duty in 1935. His silver badge, a photo and stories passed down by relatives were the only mementos left of him. A year ago when the devastating Sayre fire ripped through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, Cher and Pamela Dibble lost their home and their cherished keepsakes. "We were left to dig through nothing but ashes with our two hands," said Cher Dibble.
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November 18, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Abdollah is a Times staff writer.
Marion Thornton, 89, and her husband, Austin, 91, are one of the original 15 families who moved into Oakridge Mobile Home Park 29 years ago. Their mobile home is one of the roughly 140 that remained standing after the Sayre fire swept into the Sylmar park and wiped out most of its 600 mobile homes. The couple waited nearly seven hours Monday, along with hundreds of others at Sylmar High School, for a shuttle into the park about two miles away so they could look at their home.
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November 17, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
For years, the Dibble sisters kept their grandfather's badge safely tucked away in a jewelry box. A Los Angeles firefighter, he was killed in the line of duty in 1935. His silver badge, a photo and stories passed down by relatives were the only mementos left of him. A year ago when the devastating Sayre fire ripped through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, Cher and Pamela Dibble lost their home and their cherished keepsakes. "We were left to dig through nothing but ashes with our two hands," said Cher Dibble.
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November 26, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When flames streaked across a Sylmar hillside early Monday, some had hours to prepare, others only minutes. Edmund H. Ribeiro watched "this kind of glow" behind a ridgeline erupt moments later into a wall of fire that engulfed his 24-foot trailer and killed most of his pets, including his 2-year-old Australian shepherd dog, Maax. He tried to soak the trailer and a nearby metal barn with a garden hose but "I lost the whole thing, everything."
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November 17, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
For years, the Dibble sisters kept their grandfather's badge safely tucked away in a jewelry box. A Los Angeles firefighter, he was killed in the line of duty in 1935. His silver badge, a photo and stories passed down by relatives were the only mementos left of him. A year ago when the devastating Sayre fire ripped through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, Cher and Pamela Dibble lost their home and their cherished keepsakes. "We were left to dig through nothing but ashes with our two hands," said Cher Dibble.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2009 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
For years, the Dibble sisters kept their grandfather's badge safely tucked away in a jewelry box. A Los Angeles firefighter, he was killed in the line of duty in 1935. His silver badge, a photo and stories passed down by relatives were the only mementos left of him. A year ago when the devastating Sayre fire ripped through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, Cher and Pamela Dibble lost their home and their cherished keepsakes. "We were left to dig through nothing but ashes with our two hands," said Cher Dibble.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
The exhilaration was palpable as Adam and Candy Kessler arrived Wednesday at their freshly built residence in Sylmar's Oakridge Mobile Home Park -- he driving a U-Haul van filled with the couple's furniture and personal belongings, she following in a car. With them they also brought a resolve to help resettle a tight-knit community that was largely destroyed in last autumn's wildfires. "We're very excited," said Candy Kessler as she prepared to enter the yellow manufactured home they ordered to replace the one lost in November's Sayre fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Ginny Harmon, burnt-red hair teased into her trademark bouffant, hits the brakes of her white company minivan along nearly every street. She pauses for seconds, sometimes minutes, to talk about what once was. There were red roses climbing up verandas, she says, elaborate brickwork, antique lampposts, fireplaces and fish ponds. Number 60 was where her hairstylist lived.
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December 25, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis
Jody Miller is doing her best. The only tree she could squeeze into the temporary apartment she is sharing with her husband this Christmas was too tiny to decorate. So she strung up lights above the fireplace, pinned stockings to the front door and lined up three glowing reindeer on the patio wall. It feels festive. But Christmas won't be the same without all the couple's friends and neighbors from the Oakridge Mobile Home Park.
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November 19, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis, Zavis is a Times staff writer.
When Michele Fauquier's apartment manager banged on her door early Saturday to warn her about the approaching Sylmar fire, all the hospice nurse could think about were her patients across the way in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Without stopping to save her own belongings, Fauquier jumped into her car and drove to the home of a 57-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis.
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July 24, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The front door of the new clubhouse was flung open and 63-year-old Marie Vargas, moving as fast as her feet allowed, followed the crowd inside for the first time. She looked at the ornate floor, the vaulted ceilings and the elevated stage — and smiled. "Beautiful," she said. "It's like we're home again. It's as if nothing ever happened." Almost two years ago, the Oakridge Mobile Home Park resident saw her own house and her community — the clubhouse and nearly 500 of the 600 manufactured homes — burn to the ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2008 | STEVE LOPEZ
It's 90 degrees in November, the full glory and perennial curse of Southern California on fierce display. Devil winds, hill-hopping infernos, smoked mansions, torched trailers, barren freeways, and brilliant sunsets lingering in low-hanging canopies of burnt dreams. Are we all crazy? Don't live here, says the wind, the trembling earth, the parched land whose natural inclination is to explode in flame every year about now. But we do. Don't build near the kindling, say the voices of common sense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Abdollah is a Times staff writer.
Marion Thornton, 89, and her husband, Austin, 91, are one of the original 15 families who moved into Oakridge Mobile Home Park 29 years ago. Their mobile home is one of the roughly 140 that remained standing after the Sayre fire swept into the Sylmar park and wiped out most of its 600 mobile homes. The couple waited nearly seven hours Monday, along with hundreds of others at Sylmar High School, for a shuttle into the park about two miles away so they could look at their home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2008 | STEVE LOPEZ
It's 90 degrees in November, the full glory and perennial curse of Southern California on fierce display. Devil winds, hill-hopping infernos, smoked mansions, torched trailers, barren freeways, and brilliant sunsets lingering in low-hanging canopies of burnt dreams. Are we all crazy? Don't live here, says the wind, the trembling earth, the parched land whose natural inclination is to explode in flame every year about now. But we do. Don't build near the kindling, say the voices of common sense.
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