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October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Miracle House that came to symbolize the whims of the wildfire is a home that To Cong Bui no longer wants. Bui's rambling hillside-structure, with its thick, white concrete walls and tile roof, endured the fire like Gibraltar in an eerie moonscape of ravaged Mystic Hills houses. But instead of rejoicing over his luck, Bui is planning to move.
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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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NEWS
October 26, 1994
It was one year ago today that the first of 17 firestorms swept through Southern California's bone-dry forests and foothills. Adding to the frightening specter of the rampaging flames was the fact that the worst of the blazes--in Malibu and Laguna--were ignited by arsonists. In all, the flames claimed three lives, more than 200,000 acres and caused untold millions of dollars in damage. Underlying those numbing statistics are hundreds of stories of adversity and resiliency.
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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."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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."
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1993 | JEFF PRUGH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You've lost your house in a catastrophic fire. You can afford to rebuild, now that help from your insurance company is on the way. Now what? First, you'll need a construction permit from your municipality's building department--or if you live in an unincorporated community, from the Los Angeles County departments of public works and building and safety. County officials said Thursday they hope to streamline this process by opening what they call a "one-step permit center," starting Monday and running through Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 27, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Miracle House that came to symbolize the whims of the wildfire is a home that To Cong Bui no longer wants. Bui's rambling hillside-structure, with its thick, white concrete walls and tile roof, endured the fire like Gibraltar in an eerie moonscape of ravaged Mystic Hills houses. But instead of rejoicing over his luck, Bui is planning to move.
NEWS
October 26, 1994
It was one year ago today that the first of 17 firestorms swept through Southern California's bone-dry forests and foothills. Adding to the frightening specter of the rampaging flames was the fact that the worst of the blazes--in Malibu and Laguna--were ignited by arsonists. In all, the flames claimed three lives, more than 200,000 acres and caused untold millions of dollars in damage. Underlying those numbing statistics are hundreds of stories of adversity and resiliency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1993 | JEFF PRUGH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You've lost your house in a catastrophic fire. You can afford to rebuild, now that help from your insurance company is on the way. Now what? First, you'll need a construction permit from your municipality's building department--or if you live in an unincorporated community, from the Los Angeles County departments of public works and building and safety. County officials said Thursday they hope to streamline this process by opening what they call a "one-step permit center," starting Monday and running through Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
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