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Gold Creek Road residents who refused to evacuate survive Station fire

September 3, 2009 |  8:38 am


Five people who refused to leave Gold Creek Road when the area was evacuated made it through the Station fire.

"They survived; they made it through," said Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The five residents created quite a drama Monday when the fire moved closer to their homes. After defying the evacuation order issued over the weekend, some of the residents changed their minds and asked to be rescued.

The problem is there is no way to get to them. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department considered sending a helicopter up to get them, but fire officials determined it would be too dangerous.

Later in the day, there was word the group didn't want to be rescued.

It's unclear if all their properties survived the flames.

Officials have expressed concern over the last few days about residents refusing to evacuate as the Station fire neared their homes. In Big Tujunga Canyon, three people were burned Saturday when they tried to protect their homes from the flames. Two of them tried to evade the fire by jumping into a hot tub.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz at Hansen Dam

Photo: Jack Johnson, 77, a 30-year resident of Gold Creek Road, gets a hug from friend Suzette Brantley, 37, as they finally begin to relax after several harrowing days fighting to save Johnson's ranch.

Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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