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January 4, 2011
After a string of four fires in two days in the city, Newport Beach firefighters are reminding the public to check and maintain fireplace equipment and chimneys. In a span of 48 hours on the New Year's Day weekend, Newport Beach firefighters extinguished four house fires. All were apparently caused by residents misusing their fireplaces and chimneys, or because of faulty equipment. Officials received two fire calls at 10:09 a.m. Saturday. One on King's Road started in several parts of the home's walls after a resident started a fire in the fireplace.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
Debris from a fireplace likely sparked a Newport Beach roof fire, officials said Monday. The blaze, which was reported at a two-story single family home in the 1800 block of Port Carlow Place about 9:19 p.m. Sunday, caused about $100,000 in damage, according to a Newport Beach Fire Department news release. No one was injured, officials said. Authorities sent an arson investigator to the scene, a Metro Net dispatcher said Monday. However, preliminary investigation results show that the fire was likely caused by burning debris that may have escaped from the chimney — which authorities said lacked a spark arrester — and landed on the house's wood-shingled roof, according to the release.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | October 8, 2010
A Newport Beach homeowner's modification permit is up for discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The name might sound familiar to fans of Italian fare. When Antonio Cagnolo, owner of Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Village, recently built a covered patio area and an outdoor fireplace in the backyard of his Cliff Drive home, the fireplace did not comply with city zoning codes. He's applying for the permit to allow it to stay on the property. Newport Beach Planning Director James Campbell said the entire patio structure was initially debated, but Cagnolo agreed to reconstruct it in a conforming fashion, therefore the only structure needing relief is the fireplace because it was built on the setback — the land that edges up against the property line and is not allowed to be developed.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 8, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the night the fire happened. One person was injured and five people were displaced by a Costa Mesa house fire Friday night, the fifth fire already this year in Newport-Mesa. Authorities said the blaze ignited at about 9:29 p.m. in a single story home at 769 W. Wilson Street when a fire in the home's fireplace got out of control. The fireplace didn't have a screen, so it was not properly protected, officials said. Initial reports by residents indicated no one was in the house when firefighters showed up, about four minutes after the call, said Battalion Chief Kevin Diamond.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
KAREN WIGHT October is the perfect time to tune up your fireplace before colder weather settles in. When that first rain comes and you want to start a fire, you'll be ready to heat things up. A wood-burning fireplace gets a buildup of sap and soot. If you've ever had a fire literally backfire, you won't want to repeat the incident. And yes, there are such things as chimney sweeps, and a few of them even wear costumes right out of "Mary Poppins." Years ago, we had a chimney sweep find a little red piece of fabric, obviously a leftover from Santa's suit.
NEWS
December 18, 1999
Fireplaces rank high on the list of desired features in a home. However, creating the look and the mood you want involves making myriad choices: wood burning, gas logs, hearths, mantels, screens, grates, andirons, tools. It's a lot of work to create a little ambience. But you've got to have a place to hang those stockings, and Santa needs a landing pad, so let's explore the wide world of controlled pyrotechnics. If you have an existing fireplace, some of the tough decisions have already been made for you. If your fireplace is a masonry unit with gas, you have the option of using it as a wood-burning fireplace or have gas logs installed.
NEWS
October 27, 2002
For me, the fall season isn't official until it gets cold enough to light a fire in the fireplace. This week we inaugurated autumn. My favorite fireplace is in our living room. It's not because of the ambience or the furniture or the location. I like a fire in the living room because it's easy. That's all it takes to satisfy me ... just keep it simple. I used to think if you went to the trouble of having a fire, you needed real wood. The oxygen-burning, makes-a-lot-of-ashes, don't-forget-to-open-the-flue kind of fire.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
Newport Beach firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Balboa Peninsula home Sunday night, saving most of the home's interior. Twenty-foot flames originally trapped neighbors of the Clubhouse Avenue home, but firefighters evacuated them. No injuries were reported. The blaze apparently started in a wall near the home's fireplace, according to a news release by the Newport Beach Fire Department. Residents called 911 about 9 p.m. after their power shut off and they noticed bubbling in the walls near the fireplace, according to firefighters.
NEWS
April 29, 2004
KAREN WIGHT It's spring, it's May and it's time for the Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour. This year's tour will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 with a reception following at Barclay Butera in Westcliff Court. Chairwoman Ann Ramser will receive an award for leaving no stone unturned this year. There are six homes on the tour, a garden setting for breakfast and a French courtyard setting for lunch. The homes display an amazing variety of moods and style concepts: Cape Cod, Balinese, contemporary, updated traditional, beach cottage and country French.
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NEWS
March 19, 2013
Debris from a fireplace likely sparked a Newport Beach roof fire, officials said Monday. The blaze, which was reported at a two-story single family home in the 1800 block of Port Carlow Place about 9:19 p.m. Sunday, caused about $100,000 in damage, according to a Newport Beach Fire Department news release. No one was injured, officials said. Authorities sent an arson investigator to the scene, a Metro Net dispatcher said Monday. However, preliminary investigation results show that the fire was likely caused by burning debris that may have escaped from the chimney — which authorities said lacked a spark arrester — and landed on the house's wood-shingled roof, according to the release.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 18, 2013
Prosecutors leveled another charge Thursday against the UC Irvine professor accused of setting fires around the city and planning a deadly attack at a local high school after his son committed suicide. Previously, Orange County district attorney officials said that Rainer Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine, set eight fires across the city in July at various locations, including at University High School, a school administrator's home and William R. Mason Regional Park. Now he's pleaded not guilty to a ninth charge.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
Newport Beach firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Balboa Peninsula home Sunday night, saving most of the home's interior. Twenty-foot flames originally trapped neighbors of the Clubhouse Avenue home, but firefighters evacuated them. No injuries were reported. The blaze apparently started in a wall near the home's fireplace, according to a news release by the Newport Beach Fire Department. Residents called 911 about 9 p.m. after their power shut off and they noticed bubbling in the walls near the fireplace, according to firefighters.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | December 6, 2011
COSTA MESA — In Don White's line of business, nothing is more important than quality leg support. Fortunately for the Santa impersonator, who has about nine years of private events and shopping center holiday gigs under his belt buckle, South Coast Plaza brought in a new Santa's Village set complete with a plush, green chair. "I love this set and the chair is awesome," White said in between young guests climbing onto his lap for photos. "My legs feel great with this chair.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 8, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the night the fire happened. One person was injured and five people were displaced by a Costa Mesa house fire Friday night, the fifth fire already this year in Newport-Mesa. Authorities said the blaze ignited at about 9:29 p.m. in a single story home at 769 W. Wilson Street when a fire in the home's fireplace got out of control. The fireplace didn't have a screen, so it was not properly protected, officials said. Initial reports by residents indicated no one was in the house when firefighters showed up, about four minutes after the call, said Battalion Chief Kevin Diamond.
NEWS
January 4, 2011
After a string of four fires in two days in the city, Newport Beach firefighters are reminding the public to check and maintain fireplace equipment and chimneys. In a span of 48 hours on the New Year's Day weekend, Newport Beach firefighters extinguished four house fires. All were apparently caused by residents misusing their fireplaces and chimneys, or because of faulty equipment. Officials received two fire calls at 10:09 a.m. Saturday. One on King's Road started in several parts of the home's walls after a resident started a fire in the fireplace.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | October 8, 2010
A Newport Beach homeowner's modification permit is up for discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The name might sound familiar to fans of Italian fare. When Antonio Cagnolo, owner of Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Village, recently built a covered patio area and an outdoor fireplace in the backyard of his Cliff Drive home, the fireplace did not comply with city zoning codes. He's applying for the permit to allow it to stay on the property. Newport Beach Planning Director James Campbell said the entire patio structure was initially debated, but Cagnolo agreed to reconstruct it in a conforming fashion, therefore the only structure needing relief is the fireplace because it was built on the setback — the land that edges up against the property line and is not allowed to be developed.
NEWS
April 29, 2004
KAREN WIGHT It's spring, it's May and it's time for the Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour. This year's tour will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 with a reception following at Barclay Butera in Westcliff Court. Chairwoman Ann Ramser will receive an award for leaving no stone unturned this year. There are six homes on the tour, a garden setting for breakfast and a French courtyard setting for lunch. The homes display an amazing variety of moods and style concepts: Cape Cod, Balinese, contemporary, updated traditional, beach cottage and country French.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
KAREN WIGHT October is the perfect time to tune up your fireplace before colder weather settles in. When that first rain comes and you want to start a fire, you'll be ready to heat things up. A wood-burning fireplace gets a buildup of sap and soot. If you've ever had a fire literally backfire, you won't want to repeat the incident. And yes, there are such things as chimney sweeps, and a few of them even wear costumes right out of "Mary Poppins." Years ago, we had a chimney sweep find a little red piece of fabric, obviously a leftover from Santa's suit.
NEWS
October 27, 2002
For me, the fall season isn't official until it gets cold enough to light a fire in the fireplace. This week we inaugurated autumn. My favorite fireplace is in our living room. It's not because of the ambience or the furniture or the location. I like a fire in the living room because it's easy. That's all it takes to satisfy me ... just keep it simple. I used to think if you went to the trouble of having a fire, you needed real wood. The oxygen-burning, makes-a-lot-of-ashes, don't-forget-to-open-the-flue kind of fire.
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