December 17, 2013
Huntington Beach firefighters joined local forces in responding to a blaze Monday morning that displaced four residents from their homes on Sandi Lane, a small cul-de-sac off Canyon Drive near Victoria Street in Costa Mesa. It took 36 firefighters about 25 minutes to control the flames, which were reported just before noon, said Battalion Chief Tim Vasin of the Costa Mesa Police Department. Vasin said flames started in the attached garage of a town home and spread to the second floor of the unit, which sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.
July 25, 2013
A saltwater aquarium's electrical equipment started a fire Wednesday night that caused $70,000 in damage to a Newport Beach apartment complex, officials said. The Newport Beach Fire Department responded to the Baypointe Apartments, 932 Baypointe Drive about 8:30 p.m. and saw smoke coming from a second floor unit, according to a news release. The residents weren't home and weren't immediately reachable, according to the release. The apartment building manager reached the residents while they were having dinner, said Mike Lyster, a spokesman for the Irvine Co. Firefighters put out the blaze within 10 minutes with help from automatic sprinklers that kept the fire in check and alarms that alerted other residents, the department said.
April 12, 2013
A fire caused about $50,000 in structural damage to three single-car garages in Costa Mesa, authorities said Friday. An additional $10,000 in content damage was also reported. The Costa Mesa Fire Department responded to the fire in the garages, which are attached to a two-story apartment at 3020 Fillmore Way, at 4:18 p.m. Thursday. About 21 firefighters put out the fire in about 10 minutes, according to a news release. The fire was contained to the garages. The fire was said to have been started accidentally.
July 26, 2011
An industrial fire in Irvine caused an estimated $7 million in damage, fire officials said Tuesday. The four-alarm fire took place at Trantronics Inc., near Red Hill Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard on Saturday. The cause is still under investigation, Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion said. Concepcion said the damage was estimated at $2 million for the structure and $5 million for the building's contents. Trantronics manufactures electronic hardware, like X-ray machines and computer equipment.
January 1, 2011
Two fires broke out Saturday morning in Newport Beach inside homes that were under construction, but no injuries were reported. Combined, the homes incurred more than $300,000 worth of damage, according to a news release issued by the Newport Beach Fire Department on Saturday. Jennifer Schulz, a public information officer with the department, said one of the fires broke out on Grand Canal on Balboa Island. The second fire was reported on Kings Road, about a block north of Pacific Coast Highway.
November 16, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Dozens of firefighters from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa responded to an apartment fire here Tuesday morning that blew out windows and caused a quarter-million dollars in damage to the unit and surrounding area. About 4:21 a.m., a passerby on the way to work heard crackling coming from the Coronado Apartments, 1605 Sherington Place. Firefighters rushed to the scene and found smoke billowing from the second floor and flames lapping up to the apartment above.
June 30, 2009
Costa Mesa arson investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that raged through a single-family home Saturday. The firefighters arrived at the home on Colgate Street about 6:40 p.m. Intense smoke and heat, and the detonation of small rounds of ammunition in the garage frustrated their efforts. Firefighters extinguished the blaze when they cut into the roof to ventilate the house. Twenty-one firefighters put down the blaze in about 15 minutes. Authorities from the Costa Mesa Fire Department say the severity of the fire damage in the garage has impeded the pace of the investigation.
May 15, 2009
Ten days ago today a large portion of one of California’s great public gardens was destroyed. It was a tragic event and a loss to the gardening community. For several days in early May fire raged in the hills and canyons east of Santa Barbara, spurred by wind gusts as high as 65 mph. Five thousand homes were evacuated, 8,700 acres were burned and 30,000 people were affected. The fire was front-page news. Ninety-five homes were burned, 80 were destroyed. But for the gardeners of Southern California there was more bad news from Santa Barbara — news that didn’t make the headlines.
January 12, 2009
Firefighters continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that damaged three detached garages on Hamilton Street on Monday morning, officials said. About 2:18 a.m., firefighters were called to 393 Hamilton St. where flames had already caused significant damage. Crews responded within five minutes and after creating ventilation points in the roof extinguished the blaze without it spreading to nearby units, said Battalion Chief Bill Kershaw. Twenty-one firefighters responded to the incident, and no one was injured, officials said.