Posts Tagged ‘Fire’

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Time Capsule: Tzu Chi and the Freeway Complex Fire

March 22, 2009

East Anaheim Gymnasium

East Anaheim Gymnasium

As with the previous two entries on this blog, I’m reposting a few stories I wrote last semester for USC graduate journalism classes.  In this story originally written in late November 2008, we explore what role the Tzu Chi Foundation had in helping those affected by the Freeway Complex Fire.  Just what is the Tzu Chi Foundation anyway?

Almost a week after the Freeway Complex Fire swept through Orange County, the local assistance center at the East Anaheim Gymnasium was still filled with agencies looking to help those affected by the fire.  Although traffic from fire victims at the gym had declined by November 20, that Thursday marked the first day the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on hand to help those in need.

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Time Capsule: The Marek Fire was like a Dream

March 17, 2009

20081013_IMG_4862This week, I’ll be posting stories I’ve written these past few months while in my first year at USC’s graduate journalism program. Enjoy — and be sure to let me know what you think.

Dortha Jones Vestal thought she was dreaming when her son told her before dawn on Monday, Oct. 13 they had to evacuate from their Lake View Terrace home because of the Marek Fire.

Vestal says her son woke her up and said, “Mommy, one of the neighbors just called and said you guys are surrounded by fire.”

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