December 8, 2008
Prompted by the success of last year’s event, Costa Mesa real estate broker Weichman Associates turned the Fairview Park train station into a winter wonderland for a second time. More than 1,000 people came out Saturday afternoon to ride the train to Santa’s Village — a makeshift cluster of activities including face painting, cookie decorating and photos with Santa Claus. This year, for the first time, the event partnered with the Costa Mesa Fire Department through ABC7’s Spark of Love campaign to collect toys for needy children.
November 21, 2008
COSTA MESA — Local real estate firm Weichman Associates-Realtors is hosting its 2nd annual Polar Express family event on Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. This event, based on the popular family movie The Polar Express , was conceived as a way for Weichman Realtors founders Larry Weichman and Kurt Galitski to connect with their fellow Costa Mesa residents and say thank you for years of welcome support. This year Weichman and Galitski have joined forces with ABC7’s Spark of Love charity and the Costa Mesa Fire Department to raise awareness for the toy drive.
September 4, 2008
When a 51-year-old Orange County Sanitation Department worker dropped nearly 20 feet into a hole filled with muck and filth, local emergency personnel turned to Costa Mesa Fire Department rescuers to help get him out. “He was on the radio talking about how he was hurt but they couldn’t find him for whatever reason,” Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said. The man, whom officials did not identify, was working at a county water sanitation plant in Fountain Valley at about 5 a.m. when he fell 19 feet into a hole filled with all of the remnants of purified water, or sludge.
July 5, 2008
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa observed a mostly trouble-free Fourth of July on Friday, although Newport police made more arrests than last year and Costa Mesa responders battled a residential fire that apparently resulted from improperly extinguished fireworks. Lt. Rob Morton of the Newport Beach Police Department reported about 140 arrests in the city, slightly up from 118 a year ago. He said, though, that the arrests were mostly for public drunkenness, fireworks violations and other minor offenses.
July 2, 2008
A man received minor injuries after walking through a plate-glass window during a factory’s hazardous waste scare Wednesday afternoon. No one else was injured in the evacuation of J. D. Lincoln Inc., a local company that manufactures adhesives and composite materials. Costa Mesa Fire Department responded to a call from the company at 851 W. 18th St. when a 300-gallon barrel of hypoxy began producing white smoke. Businesses surrounding John D. Lincoln were vacated even though the hazard, which was caused by overheating, was contained.
June 23, 2008
The Costa Mesa Fire Department is awaiting a toxicology report to determine the cause of the fire that killed a Westside resident last week. The Wednesday night fire killed a woman whom officers estimated to be around 55 years old. Battalion Chief Kirk Dominic said his department could not release the woman’s name because her family was still being notified. The toxicology report could take up to 90 days to arrive, he said. Neighbors in the complex at 859 W. 19th St. said they heard no cries or other signs of struggle as the fire broke out Wednesday.
April 1, 2008
Invest a little time, a little effort, and see a big payoff. That?s what Costa Mesa fire officials say residents will see if they enroll in Community Emergency Response Team classes starting Saturday. The Costa Mesa Fire Department is offering free CERT classes for anyone 18 years or older for the next three Saturdays ? April 5, 12 and 19. The free classes help prepare the everyday Joe for natural disasters like earthquakes or flooding, or man-made catastrophes like hazardous materials spills.
March 13, 2008
A botched plumbing repair job caused a fire at a Costa Mesa apartment complex Wednesday that displaced 14 people, a Fire Department official said. The Costa Mesa Fire Department responded to a fire at 3025 Fillmore Way about 12:30 p.m. Firefighters noticed smoke coming out of a second-floor window, said Battalion Chief William Kershaw. The firefighters found the blaze inside the wall of an upstairs bathroom between two apartment units. “It was a little tricky getting to the fire and extinguishing it,” Kershaw said.