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 29, 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.
December 25, 2001
A Costa Mesa family has been relocated for the holidays after a small chimney fire forced more than 20 firefighters to tear a hole in their roof Monday. Officials received the report of a fire in the 1500 block of Mesa Verde Drive East at about 12:20 p.m. No injuries were reported as firefighters extinguished the flames on the roof of the two-story Pine Brook Village Apartments almost immediately. "There was interior smoke damage but the majority of the fire damage was on the chimney, on the roof," said Battalion Chief Chris Riley of the Costa Mesa Fire Department.
April 12, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- Police are searching for the person responsible for starting a fire Tuesday morning in a boys' restroom at Corona del Mar High School. It is the second fire in as many weeks at the school. Each fire was set by igniting a roll of toilet paper in a boys' restroom. "Some kid decided after doing it one time that it was fun and he'd do it again," said Don Martin, principal at Corona del Mar. "We haven't caught him yet."
July 27, 2002
A quick-thinking neighbor extinguished a fire in a Balboa Peninsula apartment Friday afternoon. Joe Bardes was getting ready to take a boat ride about 1:30 p.m. when he smelled something burning. He ran to the apartment building next door in the 2100 block of East Balboa Boulevard. With a cell phone in one hand, he grabbed a garden hose with the other and popped open the door as he was calling 911. Bardes, who drew on his experience as a firefighter in New Jersey, was able to put out the fire before it caused to the first-floor, one-bedroom apartment and before fire crews arrived at the scene, about three minutes later.
November 11, 2003
Fire causes about $850,000 in damage No one was hurt in a Sunday evening fire which caused about $850,000 in damage to a three-story Newport Coast home, Newport Beach fire officials said. The call came in at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday when the resident in the 80 block of Anjou reported that he smelled smoke minutes after he tried to turn on his fireplace, officials said. The smoke detector went off, and the resident saw smoke in the attic and called 911, said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for the Fire Department.
March 7, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Business suffers $40,000 fire damage A two-alarm fire gutted a Costa Mesa business early Thursday morning, causing about $40,000 in damages, fire officials said. No one was injured in the 1:07 a.m. fire at a single-story strip mall in the 800 block of West 19th St., Battalion Chief Gregg Steward said. A second alarm was called because of the fire's potential to spread to other units in the strip mall, he said. The fire was put out in minutes, but it caused extensive fire and smoke damage to the one unit, Steward said.
May 24, 2001
Danette Goulet HE IS Coming to the rescue. SAVING LIVES One year ago, Capt. Ron Gamble answered the call of his lifetime -- of any firefighter's lifetime, he'd say. He and his crew responded to a call in which they were told a fire had trapped two girls in their home. The second engine to arrive at the scene, Gamble and his partner immediately protected the stairwell while another duo looked for the girl, with whom they had lost contact.
July 9, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Home suffers major fire damage A two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning charred the upper floor of a two-story Newport Shores home causing about $130,000 in damages, officials said. No one was hurt in the incident. Firefighters responded to the call in the 200 block of Walnut Street after a neighbor, an off-duty U.S. Forest Service firefighter, called 911, said Donna Boston, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department.