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February 1, 1992 | LILY DIZON
Customers and employees were evacuated from a restaurant Friday afternoon when an electrical wire short-circuited and caused a fire in the building's attic, fire officials said. It was not known how many people were evacuated in the 3:20 p.m. fire at La Costa Mexican Restaurant, said Karl Ellman, spokesman for the Santa Ana Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Authorities received several calls reporting smoke billowing from the restaurant at 930 S. Main St., Ellman said.
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March 6, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Ana firehouse on Walnut Street is dotted with reminders of the department's proud 128-year history. A fire alarm telegraph system from 1924 takes up the back wall of the upstairs living room. Downstairs in the garage, the department's first motorized pumping engine from 1921 is dwarfed by the modern truck, engine and ambulance. On Monday, however, the Santa Ana Fire Department reached a final milestone. Officials gathered for a ceremony to mark the City Council's decision to disband the department and have the Orange County Fire Authority handle fires and medical calls for Orange County's second-largest city.
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June 12, 1994
Two people were burned out of their home Saturday when a fire that began in a closet destroyed their apartment, fire officials said. A spokeswoman for the Santa Ana Fire Department said the fire, which was reported at 5:38 p.m., was contained to one apartment in a complex at 3800 S. Flower St. No one was in the apartment when the fire began. Damage was estimated at $27,000. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was accidental, but the investigation continued late Saturday.
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December 14, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-old was credited with saving the lives of his mother and sister Wednesday when he grabbed an extendable staircase and led them from the second-story balcony as a fast-moving fire engulfed their Santa Ana home. Armani Rodriguez, sleeping in his ground-floor bedroom, was awakened by the smoke alarm about 2:30 a.m. He heard his mother screaming from the balcony. The indoor stairway was already ablaze, said Ben Gonzalez, spokesman for the Santa Ana Fire Department.
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September 12, 1987
A fire that started when a teen-age girl accidentally dropped a smoking pot of meat completely gutted a Santa Ana apartment Friday, leaving a family of five homeless, Santa Ana Fire Department spokesmen said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 5:27 p.m. and caused damage estimated at $20,000 to the apartment in the 1000 block of Grant Avenue, Santa Ana Fire Department Capt. Barry Cupples said. There was another $10,000 to $15,000 damage to contents, he said.
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May 18, 1994 | FERNANDO ROMERO
A fire destroyed two units of a condominium complex Tuesday, leaving at least six people homeless and causing about $250,000 damage. Santa Ana Fire Department spokesman Karl Feierabend said the fire started about 1 p.m. in one of the ground floor units at South Coast Terrace, 1001 W. Stevens Ave. Thirty-five firefighters from the Santa Ana and Costa Mesa fire departments contained the blaze in 15 minutes, Feierabend said. No injuries were reported.
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May 12, 1986
Two charred bodies were found in the rubble of a Santa Ana shopping center today where a massive early morning explosion and fire leveled an auto parts store and three adjoining shops, authorities said. "From their condition, there is no way to determine age, sex (or) cause of death," Sharon Frank, a Santa Ana Fire Department spokesperson said.
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March 24, 1988
A fire that started Wednesday in a microwave oven gutted one apartment and damaged five others in a two-story complex, fire officials said. Flames had burned near the apartment complex's wood shake roof when firefighters arrived shortly at the complex in the 1200 block of Beechwood Street shortly before 4 p.m., fire officials said. But the blaze was contained within 20 minutes by 28 firefighters, Santa Ana Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Graber said.
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July 16, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that Santa Ana Fire Department officials dismissed signs that she was having a stroke and instead diagnosed her condition as stemming from "emotional problems." In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, Rosa Simpson of Santa Ana alleges that she suffered permanent injuries after Fire Department officials failed to take her to a hospital for medical treatment. Parties to the suit could not be reached for comment late Thursday.
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October 30, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
Fire investigators blamed arson for a Monday morning blaze that resulted in an estimated $100,000 in damage at the Heritage Village Apartments on Bristol Street just south of the boundary with the city of Orange. The fire began in an empty carport in the rear of the apartments and spread through the attic to two adjacent apartments, Santa Ana Fire Department spokeswoman Sharon Frank said.
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April 19, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
An early-morning fire raced through a Santa Ana storage warehouse Friday, causing more than $1 million in damage to the building and destroying several antique cars, including a 1916 electric model that was one of the last of its kind in the world. "There used to be six of them," Battalion Chief Don Mahany, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Fire Department, said of the vintage Rausch Lang electric. "Now there are five."
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April 6, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During a recent medical emergency at the Wythcliffe Plaza senior living center, Santa Ana paramedics found an elderly woman so ill she couldn't talk. Paramedic Jim Larsen shot a glance at her refrigerator. Bingo! The woman had one of the Santa Ana Fire Department's new magnetized File of Life medical information guides on its door. It told him not only her medical history but also which area hospital kept her records. And it may well have saved her life.
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August 3, 2000 | ALEX KATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 21-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he bit off part of a paramedic's earlobe, authorities said. Paramedics received a report just before 7 a.m. that Alejandro Avalos, the alleged attacker, was having a seizure at an apartment complex on Memory Lane. When paramedics arrived, Avalos behaved erratically and attacked the first paramedic who got out of the ambulance, authorities said. Avalos allegedly bit the paramedic's left ear as they wrestled on the ground.
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May 28, 1999 | Jason Kandel, (714) 966-5848
The city will spend $90,000 to upgrade the Fire Department's communications systems through a three-year contract with Westnet Systems Inc. Westnet will repair and replace old parts in the department's on-call 24-hour communications line. Funds for the first three months of the contract will come from the 1998-99 Fire Department Communications Maintenance and Repair account; the remainder of the funding will come out of the 1999-2000 budget. Information: (714) 647-5700.
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April 22, 1999 | RICHARD MAROSI and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The former head of a controversial charity that claims to raise money for disabled firefighters filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the current leadership of donating only a fraction of its proceeds. In the lawsuit, former managing director Michael Kowalski alleges that the Santa Ana-based Foundation for Disabled Firefighters raised $1.9 million last year, but spent only $2,000 on charitable programs.
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July 23, 1998 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Firefighter Donald Wright always figured he'd die on the job, not from smoke inhalation or fire but simply from old age. But four months shy of his 75th birthday, the man believed to be California's oldest professional firefighter has been forced to retire. After 52 consecutive years with the Santa Ana Fire Department, Wright finally has been separated from his beloved vocation by a back injury suffered last year. "If I hadn't hurt my back, I'd still be working," he said.
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May 18, 1986 | Times staff writers Maria L. La Ganga, Gary Jarlson and Mark I. Pinsky compiled the Week in Review stories.
When firefighters had extinguished the flames at a Santa Ana stereo and auto parts store, they found the two bodies: Store owner Liem Khac Dinh, 23, and clerk Thap Nguyen, 20, had died in the blaze. Later, police said, they found that the men had set the fire themselves, and that Dinh recently had insured the store at 638 S. Harbor Blvd. for $175,000.
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April 13, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
Flames gutted a small Santa Ana house Friday, forcing a family of six to flee into the street but causing no injuries, fire officials said. The three-bedroom house in the 900 block of West Chestnut Avenue was all but destroyed in the 9:50 a.m. fire, said Santa Ana Fire Department spokesman Karl Ellman. Investigators were unable to immediately identify the source of the one-alarm blaze, which firefighters extinguished in five minutes.
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April 10, 1997 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Spread across the floor of Fire Station No. 5 like the bones of a skeleton, a radiator, water tank and bumper recall the 1921 pumper truck they once graced. The rest of the ancient firetruck, stripped down to an engine and some gears sitting naked atop four wheels, sits in an alcove behind shinier, more modern rigs. This hodgepodge of rubber, metal and glass is Santa Ana Fire Capt. Tim Graber's historical project.
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June 27, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
As a collector of antique motorcycles, Fire Capt. Tim Graber, 46, knows the value of vintage vehicles. So when he learned from one of his colleagues that the city's first motorized firefighting vehicle, which went into service in July 1921, was rusting away in the city storage yard, his interest ignited.
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