Amanda Ripley


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Burning Paradise

8th May 2009 posted in Disaster Behavior

Fires in Santa Barbara have destroyed at least 1,300 acres and countless homes.  As of today, over 30,00 residents have been ordered to evacuate.  But what about those who stayed behind to defend their homes from impending fire? The LA Times reports that George Quinn fought off the flames with garden hoses, and had some strong words for the 1,400 firefighters helping to put out the blaze: “The damn firefighters were no help.”

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Tom Franklin would probably disagree with Quinn. According to USA Today, ten firefighters suffered smoke inhalation, burns and other smoke-related injuries.