Sheriff: Fairview Fire Ruled Accidental

The fire that claimed a woman’s life on March 8 in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue was ruled accidental, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said.
“Our arson explosive detail handled the incident,” Blasnek said. “And it was ruled accidental, there was no suspicious activity surrounding it at all.”
According to Blasnek, investigators determined that the fire started in a bedroom and burned “for quite a while,” destroying a lot of evidence in the process. The cause of death was ruled respiratory failure as a result of smoke inhalation.
“They were not able to determine the exact cause,” Blasnek said. “It was a very unfortunate case.” Continue reading “Sheriff: Fairview Fire Ruled Accidental”

Fire Guts Empty Home on Milmada Drive

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A home burned Wednesday morning in the 900 block of Milmada Drive.

Investigators with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department will seek to identify the cause of a fire that gutted an empty house Wednesday morning in the 900 block of Milmada Drive. No one was injured in the blaze, which appeared to have started in the attic area and proceeded to burn through the home’s floor and ceiling, said Capt. Robert Bauer, of L.A. County Fire Department’s Station 82.
Architect Jay Lee said remodeling had begun within the past two weeks on the home, which was purchased on March 30 for $1.14 million, according to Zillow.
“I don’t know what caused the fire, but it caught fire,” said Lee, of JL Construction Service. Continue reading “Fire Guts Empty Home on Milmada Drive”

LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’

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Ellie Wildermuth lost her home to a fire in 2009, an experience that led her to write a how-to guide for dealing with life’s unexpected challenges. “Prepare: Life Goes On!” is available at Flintridge Bookstore.

The Red Flag Warning issued earlier this week cautioning L.A. County residents about fire danger related to gusty Santa Ana Winds and warm, dry conditions is the type of warning that comes regularly lately.
It’s the type of alert that should serve as reminder to everyone to get prepared, said La Cañada Flintridge resident Ellie Wildermuth, who’s written a book on prepping for many of life’s challenges.
Those preparations go beyond hardening your home to withstand potential fire danger — they include getting affairs in order in case a fire does damage or destroy property. Continue reading “LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’”

LCF Residents Keep Abreast of Fire News

La Cañada Flintridge residents kept a wary eye this week on the Creek Fire raging, uncontained, in the hills near Sylmar and Sunland. By midday Wednesday, it had burned more than 11,000 acres, destroyed at least 30 structures and spurred widespread evacuations.
Though it didn’t immediately threaten LCF, the blaze affected business in town, where traffic slowed because of Tuesday’s 210 Freeway closure.
La Cañada Unified School District managed to find substitutes Tuesday to fill in for at least six staffers who couldn’t make it to work because of the fire and at least 16 others who left at midday to evacuate their homes, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCF Residents Keep Abreast of Fire News”