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May 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A structure fire ignited brush in La Cañada on Thursday evening and appeared to be spreading before flames were knocked down by firefighters. The blaze in the 300 block of Starlight Crest Drive ignited a deck in a backyard and spread to an adjacent brush area. But the blaze was brought under control shortly before 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.  ALSO: California wildfires: 6,500 acres burned, PCH shut down After meth arrest, O.C. authorities may bill hikers for rescue Photos of Jackson's messy, clothes-strewn bedroom shown to jurors twitter.com/LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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January 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The woman whose two children and husband were killed in a structure fire Monday in Sylmar has also died, officials said. All four were found unresponsive by firefighters who responded to the blaze, which was reported about 4:37 a.m. in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue. The 41-year-old father -- identified by family and friends as Uriel Estrada -- was found just a few feet from the front door, and his children and wife were huddled nearby, Los Angeles fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1991 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rain wreaked havoc throughout the San Fernando Valley over the past two days, from a toppled tree on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills to a collapsed Pic 'N' Save roof in Granada Hills, to mudslides that closed portions of some roads. No serious injuries were reported. The roof of the Pic 'N' Save store gave way under accumulated rain, sending employees scrambling for cover from water that gushed in through a 20-by-20-foot hole, District Manager Todd Breske said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles firefighters were battling a greater-alarm structure fire Wednesday night in the West Adams neighborhood. The roof of the building in the 4000 block of West Jefferson Boulevard had collapsed as firefighters blasted huge streams of water onto the flames. More than 100 Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze, the agency said. They were trying to prevent flames from reaching adjacent structures, according to news footage. The blaze was largely contained late Wednesday but not extinguished, the LAFD said.
NEWS
May 9, 1992
As of 5 p.m. Friday authorities reported the following: Deaths: 58 Injuries: 2,383 Fires: 5,383 structure fire calls Arrests: 17,221 Damage estimate: $785 million, including Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1995 | LINDA FRIEDLIEB
A child playing with fire set off a blaze causing $22,500 in damage to a Camarillo home, authorities said. The structure fire in the 2800 block of Redondo Avenue began at 10:17 p.m. Saturday, a Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 11:43 p.m. Authorities estimated the damage at $20,000 to the house and $2,500 to contents. No one was injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Frank Shyong
A man in his 50s was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday in connection with six fires started within about an hour along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  The suspect was spotted by authorities and taken into custody near the intersection of Katherine Avenue and Moorpark Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. J. Hensley.  Reports of rubbish fires began as early as 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around 9 p.m., fire crews fought back a blaze that started in the back of a strip mall in the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1996 | NICK GREEN
A bottle rocket that touched off a July 4 fire on the shake shingle roof of a Camarillo house caused an estimated $60,000 in damage, authorities said Friday. It's not known who fired the rocket that landed on the two-story residence at 1074 Gemini Ave. shortly after 10 p.m., a Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said. No one was injured in the blaze, which took firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles firefighters were battling a greater-alarm structure fire Wednesday night in the West Adams neighborhood. The roof of the building in the 4000 block of West Jefferson Boulevard had collapsed as firefighters blasted huge streams of water onto the flames. More than 100 Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze, the agency said. They were trying to prevent flames from reaching adjacent structures, according to news footage. The blaze was largely contained late Wednesday but not extinguished, the LAFD said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
Five residents and three firefighters were injured Saturday morning as a result of a house fire that destroyed a home in west Ventura, fire department officials said. At 9 a.m., the Ventura Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at 161 W. McFarlane Drive. When they arrived at the residence, firefighters found a single-story house in flames and five injured people, who were taken by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center and Community Memorial Hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Frank Shyong
A man in his 50s was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday in connection with six fires started within about an hour along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  The suspect was spotted by authorities and taken into custody near the intersection of Katherine Avenue and Moorpark Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. J. Hensley.  Reports of rubbish fires began as early as 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around 9 p.m., fire crews fought back a blaze that started in the back of a strip mall in the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Officials released the names of four Houston firefighters who died in a blaze Friday at a restaurant on the city's southwest side, the deadliest day in the history of the country's third-largest fire department. “I don't think I've felt so bad in my entire life - it's like losing a family member,” Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison said during a briefing Friday evening. Garrison appeared with Houston Mayor Annise Parker at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where injured firefighters were being treated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A structure fire ignited brush in La Cañada on Thursday evening and appeared to be spreading before flames were knocked down by firefighters. The blaze in the 300 block of Starlight Crest Drive ignited a deck in a backyard and spread to an adjacent brush area. But the blaze was brought under control shortly before 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.  ALSO: California wildfires: 6,500 acres burned, PCH shut down After meth arrest, O.C. authorities may bill hikers for rescue Photos of Jackson's messy, clothes-strewn bedroom shown to jurors twitter.com/LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The battle with a 6,500-acre brush fire in Ventura County continued into the evening as homeowners waited to hear if their homes were saved. James Wurts, A 37-year-old database administrator,   his face covered with a mask, watched as firefighters defended his Newbury Park neighborhood from flames. The flames seemed to leap up from the hillside and creep down quickly, still aided by slight winds. Firefighters at the scene said they had about 30 crew members on the hill setting and monitoring the controlled burn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An ember from nearby flames started the fire at a storage facility that had some fertilizer inside at a farm in Camarillo a little after noon Wednesday, said Don Bowden, an employee who watched the flames engulf the building. “It was a spark that came over the hill,” said Bowden, vice president of operations for the Oxnard district of the Reiter Affiliated Co. Strawberries and raspberries are grown at the farm, which bumps up against the campus of Cal State Channel Islands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Marisa Gerber and Ari Bloomekatz
As Ventura County firefighters faced off with flames in Camarillo, another important battle was taking place miles away along the coast. The Santa Ana winds that were pushing the Springs fire southwest toward the coast are meeting head-on with an ocean breeze blowing inland. And so far, Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service said, “the Santa Anas are winning.” A fire that started about 6:30 a.m. Thursday quickly grew into an out-of-control blaze that burned more than 6,500 acres in less than six hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
A venerable east Ventura steakhouse was charred early Thursday morning in a $15,000 fire that authorities say was deliberately set. At 1:11 a.m., Ventura firefighters responded to a structure fire at Ted's Sizzling Steaks, 1985 Victoria Ave. The first engine company on the scene reported fire visible in an outside storage area on the building's south side, said Battalion Chief Brian Gordon. Ten firefighters used hand lines to quickly bring the blaze under control.
OPINION
October 15, 2012 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
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