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Aggressive response to Palos Verdes Peninsula fire saves homes [Updated]

September 3, 2009 |  5:48 pm


[Updated at 7:54 p.m.: A fire on the Palos Verdes Peninsula this afternoon briefly threatened homes, but an aggressive response from firefighters quickly brought the 3-acre blaze under control.

It occurred just after 5 p.m. near Chadwick School near the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive North when a car caught fire, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Michael Brown.

The blaze quickly spread to the surrounding brush. About six homes were evacuated, but firefighters had the blaze under control by 6:10 p.m.]

Helicopter footage on KABC-TV Channel 7 showed firefighters pouring water on the fire in the backyard of upscale homes overlooking a canyon. Super Scooper planes were on scene within half an hour and made several drops over the fire.

Last week, a much larger fire broke out on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, causing evacuations and damaging a few structures. 

— Jeff Gottlieb

Photo: California Highway Patrol Officer M. Mezger walks around a car that lost control and caused a 3-acre fire Thursday on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Two occupants were taken to a local hospital.

Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times