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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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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.
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August 6, 2010 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials are advising foothill residents to make sure their homes are protected and insured amid this year's already devastating fire season. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County firefighters and members of the county's Commission on Insurance gathered Wednesday at Fire Camp No. 2 in La Cañada Flintridge to discuss options for home fire protection and to remind residents to check their insurance policies for fire coverage. "All we want is to make sure the residents of Glendale and Burbank are prepared to rebuild should there be a fire," said Scott Svonkin, the commission's chairman.
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
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
August 6, 2010 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials are advising foothill residents to make sure their homes are protected and insured amid this year's already devastating fire season. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County firefighters and members of the county's Commission on Insurance gathered Wednesday at Fire Camp No. 2 in La Cañada Flintridge to discuss options for home fire protection and to remind residents to check their insurance policies for fire coverage. "All we want is to make sure the residents of Glendale and Burbank are prepared to rebuild should there be a fire," said Scott Svonkin, the commission's chairman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Paloma Esquivel and Alicia Lozano, Hennessy-Fiske, Esquivel and Lozano are Times staff writers.
Calm winds delivered a much-needed respite Monday to exhausted firefighters and gave them the chance to gain the upper hand on wildfires still burning throughout Southern California. But even as firefighters gained control, the damage toll climbed. In Yorba Linda, the official tally of homes lost was placed at 113.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Mike Anton and Mitchell Landsberg
In a swiftly moving catastrophe that seemed as familiar as it was shocking, Southern California once again was besieged by flame Saturday, from Orange County to Santa Barbara, with hundreds of homes consumed by three major wind-driven fires, including one of the most devastating blazes ever to strike the city of Los Angeles. At least 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes amid smoke that blew like stinging fog through wind-ravaged canyons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Yoshino is a Times staff writer.
Nearly one week after the devastating Sayre fire began, fire officials said Thursday evening that they had fully contained the blaze, which burned through 17 square miles and destroyed more than 500 structures. The cause of the fire, which started late Nov. 14, remains under investigation. It quickly roared through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, destroying or damaging about 90% of the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Abdollah is a Times staff writer.
Two men were arrested and seven others detained this week in an undercover sting operation targeting unlicensed contractors in Los Angeles neighborhoods devastated by wildfire, authorities said. Ever since the Sayre fire raged across 11,244 acres last month, devouring more than 500 Sylmar homes and leaving 15 others damaged, scores of contractors and other vendors have flooded the neighborhoods, promising to rebuild houses, landscape lawns and provide other services funded by insurance payouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Yoshino is a Times staff writer.
Nearly one week after the devastating Sayre fire began, fire officials said Thursday evening that they had fully contained the blaze, which burned through 17 square miles and destroyed more than 500 structures. The cause of the fire, which started late Nov. 14, remains under investigation. It quickly roared through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, destroying or damaging about 90% of the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Abdollah is a Times staff writer.
Two men were arrested and seven others detained this week in an undercover sting operation targeting unlicensed contractors in Los Angeles neighborhoods devastated by wildfire, authorities said. Ever since the Sayre fire raged across 11,244 acres last month, devouring more than 500 Sylmar homes and leaving 15 others damaged, scores of contractors and other vendors have flooded the neighborhoods, promising to rebuild houses, landscape lawns and provide other services funded by insurance payouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Paloma Esquivel and Alicia Lozano, Hennessy-Fiske, Esquivel and Lozano are Times staff writers.
Calm winds delivered a much-needed respite Monday to exhausted firefighters and gave them the chance to gain the upper hand on wildfires still burning throughout Southern California. But even as firefighters gained control, the damage toll climbed. In Yorba Linda, the official tally of homes lost was placed at 113.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Mike Anton and Mitchell Landsberg
In a swiftly moving catastrophe that seemed as familiar as it was shocking, Southern California once again was besieged by flame Saturday, from Orange County to Santa Barbara, with hundreds of homes consumed by three major wind-driven fires, including one of the most devastating blazes ever to strike the city of Los Angeles. At least 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes amid smoke that blew like stinging fog through wind-ravaged canyons.
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