July 4, 1989 |
A swirling brush fire, fed by erratic winds, raged out of control in the Puente Hills north of Whittier on Monday, destroying at least 15 homes, damaging several others and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Los Angeles County fire officials said they would not know exactly how many structures had been destroyed or damaged until the blaze is brought under control and they could provide no estimate of when that might be. No serious injuries were reported.
July 5, 1989 |
On Tuesday, the folks who had waited out the Battle of Turnbull Canyon crept back up the steep roads toward home--what they hoped was still home--to count their losses or their blessings. Flame and smoke had made them refugees from their own houses on Monday. In the uncertainty of the night, they could only imagine what was happening up on that ridge, along that rustic Hacienda Heights canyon where they lived.
July 6, 1989 |
Walt Scheuerell was down on his hands and knees in the ditch beside Turnbull Canyon Road, pawing through the loose dirt. It was hot and it was dusty, and the sweat was trickling down his face. "We still haven't found anything," the burly, 49-year-old arson investigator said. "We'll keep looking."
July 4, 1989 |
Three weeks ago, Charlene Lewis gave birth to an 8-pound, 12-ounce boy named Jordan. On Monday afternoon, she went horseback riding. Bareback. She had not planned it that way. But when Lewis heard that flames were threatening her new home off Turnbull Canyon in Hacienda Heights, her first thought was of her chestnut mare, Roosandra. Lewis is 21 and Roosandra 20. "We grew up together," Lewis said.
July 17, 1986
Arson was believed to be the cause of four small brush fires that started within one mile of each other in the Hacienda Heights area. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Norbert Kochner said a county fire helicopter sighted flares that had apparently been tossed into the dried brush near Colima Road and Hacienda Boulevard. Other fires in the area were located at Colima and Casino Drive, Turnbull Canyon Road and Skyline Drive and Turnbull Canyon and Oak Canyon roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2002 |
A 17-year-old who was apparently killed and then dragged four miles by a car to Hacienda Heights was identified Tuesday as Gloria Gaxiola of Baldwin Park. Sheriff's investigators said they believe Gaxiola was killed near Turnbull Canyon Road and Skyline Drive and dragged to Colima Road and Hacienda Boulevard. Someone saw her body early Saturday and called the California Highway Patrol. Sheriff's spokesman Richard Weston said the family initially asked that Gaxiola's name not be released.