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December 5, 2013
Newport Beach firefighters tore through the ceiling of a home near Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive to find out why smoke was wafting out of an attic Thursday. About 12:15 p.m., roughly 20 fire personnel responded to the 1200 block of Seadrift, where there were reports of smoke coming out of the eaves of a home. Firefighters saw light smoke and used thermal-imaging cameras to see unusually intense heat inside the attic, according to a Newport Beach Fire Department news release.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 19, 2013
The mother of a firefighter who died battling the Yarnell Hill Fire started legal action this week alleging negligence and a cover-up in the death of her son and 18 other firefighters. Grant McKee, a 21-year-old who grew up in Costa Mesa, was one of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed June 30 while they fought flames that scorched thousands of acres in Arizona. Costa Mesa resident Marcia McKee's lawyers Thursday sent notice of her $36-million claim to a dozen officials for the state of Arizona, Yavapai County and city of Prescott, where McKee's crew was based.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 9, 2013
Firefighters rescued the driver of a car that plunged off a 200-foot cliff on Coast Highway early Saturday morning. The vehicle ended up in a creek below East Coast Highway near Reef Point Drive in Newport Beach just before 5 a.m., according to a statement from the Newport Beach Fire Department. Newport Beach fire, Laguna Beach fire, Orange County Fire Authority, California Highway Patrol and Newport police all responded to the scene after the driver called 911 and said water was rising in his car, authorities said.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 17, 2013
A Newport Beach company is raising money for the family of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty in Riverside. The drive will culminate Sunday at Pirate Coast Paddle Co. in the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort where participants can rent stand-up paddleboards or partake in a barbecue to help raise money for Chris Douglas' wife and two kids. Douglas, a CAL FIRE engineer and paramedic, was fatally struck by a car in July while he was responding to a call on Interstate 10 in Thousand Palms.
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July 20, 2013
Newport Beach firefighters doused a small grass fire near Dover Drive and Pacific Coast Highway late Saturday afternoon, officials said. A Metro Net dispatcher said the call came in at about 5:20 p.m. and the blaze was under control about eight minutes later. He said two fire trucks and seven firefighters responded to the scene. Asked whether anything sustained damage, the dispatcher replied, "Just the grass. " —Jill Cowan Twitter: @jillcowan
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By Lauren Williams | July 16, 2013
The route for the motorcade preceding a Newport Beach memorial service for two Arizona firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire has changed, an official said. Originally, the motorcade was to move along Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa to Newport Boulevard, eventually making its way to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, where a memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. The new route will begin at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary at Gisler Avenue and Harbor Boulevard, and travel to the church via the 405 and 73 freeways, exiting at Irvine Avenue, according to the Costa Mesa Fire Department's interim fire chief, Fred Seguin.
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By Lauren Williams | July 12, 2013
A July 20 motorcade that organizers hope will feature a fire truck from each Orange County fire department will precede a Newport Beach memorial service planned for two firefighters killed while battling an Arizona wildfire. Cousins Grant McKee, 21, and Robert Caldwell, 23, were two of 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members killed June 30 in Arizona's Yarnell Hill fire. The men's grandmother is a 40-year Costa Mesa resident. McKee attended Newport Harbor High School before moving to Arizona during his senior year.
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By Lauren Williams | July 9, 2013
A memorial for two firefighters killed in Arizona's Yarnell Hill fire is scheduled for later this month in Newport Beach, according to a family representative. The service for cousins Grant McKee, 21, and Robert Caldwell, 23, is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. July 20 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, according to Zoltan Teglas. The event is not open to the public, and is already expected to be over capacity, he said. Information on where to send flowers was not yet available.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | July 5, 2013
This July 4, I thought of three important events in our history. The first occurred 237 years ago, the second 150 years ago, and the third just a few days ago. These three events explain what America means to me now. An edited version of Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence was published 237 years ago with these words in the second paragraph: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they...
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By Jeremiah Dobruck and Lauren Williams | July 3, 2013
An explosion on Balboa Island at the former home of deceased "The Beverly Hillbillies" actor Buddy Ebsen caused a fire about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Newport Beach fire official said. A small boat's portable gas tank in the home's basement leaked fuel vapors that ignited on a nearby pilot light for a water heater, Newport Beach Fire Department spokesman Glenn White said. "This caused an explosion that ripped the lock off of the basement double doors and blew the doors open," he said.
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