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135. 48 Homes Burn Down near Malibu (2)
Bill told Jimi to look up at the
, near the park. Bill thought he saw flames.
went outside with his binoculars. He could see
suspicious glow. Using the binoculars, he could see
. “God damn it!” he yelled.
He called Bill
. Then he and Bill started calling one neighbor
another, as they had established a fire warning
evacuation plan years ago. The whole community of
homeowners managed to get into their cars with
families and pets and just a few of
material possessions. They all survived the raging fire.
, 48 homes were destroyed and 27 were damaged.
fire engines were just not close enough to
community to get there before the Santa Ana
, gusting up to 60 mph, ripped through the
. The next day, firefighters declared that the fire
a result of “human activity,” although they hadn’t
if the fire was deliberate or accidental.
allowed to return to their home sites to
damages. Most homeowners were philosophical about their losses. “
’ve got our families and our friends. That’s far
important than our homes and other possessions,” said
But Jimi Hendrix was less even-tempered. “Common
would tell anybody that you don’t set fires
a wooded area when the wind is blowing
crazy. Any idiot would know that. As far
I'm concerned, these bastards ought to be burned
the stake. And I’d grab me a front-row