October 14, 2008
Examining the charred landscape around Bonita Canyon after Monday’s brush fires, John Fransen and his daughter Leigh realized that firefighters had arrived at the blaze not a minute too soon to save their Newport Beach home. Aside from some singed wood shingles and a flame-broiled top of a palm tree in their back yard, the family did not find any serious damage to their wood house, and they give a lot of credit for that to an alert neighbor, Chuck Reilly. Reilly saw smoke billowing toward the house in the canyon as he was driving back from getting a burger and called the fire department.
December 20, 2007
A smoke alarm alerted Newport Beach firefighters to a small bedroom fire at 8:29 p.m. Tuesday night at a home on Amethyst in Balboa Island. Upon arrival, firefighters promptly doused the fire in the back bedroom of the home. Nobody was at the residence when the fire began, and no injuries were reported, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department. Twenty Newport Beach firefighters responded to the fire, which firefighters speculate was started by an electrical device, but the cause is still under investigation, according to Fire Department officials.
October 12, 2005
Flyover just a PR show for officials I guess it's lucky a photographer just happened to be at the airport as our local congressman, a city councilman and an assistant city manager took off in a helicopter to check out the fire damage ("A fire's aftermath," Oct. 5). Obviously, that's not what happened. An aide to congressman or a city staff person contacted the press, and it was an event staged for the newspaper's camera, one that accomplished virtually nothing for taxpayers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2002
A fire that ravaged a Costa Mesa apartment on the Fourth of July caused about $27,000 in damage, officials said. The cause of the blaze, which damaged a bedroom and part of a hallway in an apartment in the 100 block of Santa Isabel Avenue, is still under investigation, said Costa Mesa Fire Battalion Chief Gregg Steward. The fire was just one of many to scorch the city on the Fourth of July. There were also two grass and three trash bin fires that were caused by fireworks, Steward said.
June 19, 2002
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- An early morning fire Tuesday that originated in a trash can caused extensive damage to a Santiago Drive home, officials said. Firefighters received a call about 3:15 a.m. reporting smoke and flames coming from the roof of a home in the 2100 block of Santiago Drive, Newport Beach fire officials said. A neighbor from across the street reportedly made the 911 call. The homeowner, meanwhile, became alerted by a neighbor and was outside when the Fire Department arrived, officials said.