Archive » November 27, 2008

After the Fire

Vol. 14 Issue 47

Bonnymede Condominium Fire

In addition to those left homeless after the recent Tea Fire, four more Montecito residents are without homes this week after a structure fire destroyed or damaged five Bonnymede condominiums late Monday night, November 17. The fire, which officials believe ignited on an upper story or attic, was put out by 30 firefighters from Montecito Fire Protection District, Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District. According to Geri Ventura with Montecito Fire Protection District, the cost of structure loss, not including contents is $10,963,000. No injuries were reported. As of press time the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

On Fire

Celebrity Fires Consume Media

As I write this, I’m still waiting to go back home; the mandatory evacuation remains in effect for my neighborhood in Montecito after the devastating “Tea Fire.” My son and I stayed at my house longer than we should have, filling the cars with keepsakes and watering the place down...

Editorial

An Inconvenient Truth: It Takes a Fire to Define a Town

I believe I can say with some assurance that one thing most Montecito residents share is a love of our village. That’s why many were disturbed over the way we were portrayed by the national media when the Tea Fire exploded. Outsiders unjustly defined our community as “a tony hideaway...