Firefighters' Homes Destroyed In Station Fire
One local group is helping firefighters pick up the pieces.
For firefighters, fighting fires and viewing the devastation left behind is part of the job, but what happens when that devastation is their own home?
Five firefighters helping to battle the Station Fire faced that reality when their homes and fire station were burned down.
The barracks at the Mill Creek Fire Station, located near Aliso Canyon and Angeles Forest Highway, and the houses surrounding the station were home to four firefighters and their families, but when the smoke settled those homes were nothing more than ash.
The same scenario played out at the Monte Cristo Fire Station, in Big Tujunga Canyon, where another firefighter lost his home.
"They lost everything," said Linda Steinberg, Special Use Administrator in charge of the Los Angeles River Ranger District (LARRD) employees association.
The LARRD is one of three districts that make up the Angeles National Forest.
To help these firefighters a group calling themselves the "Stump People" is organizing a "Pass the Boot" fundraiser in Acton.
The Stump People is an unofficial organization started by Judy Allegra, Kathy Carroll, and Kathy Wilmarth.
"We usually do fundraising for the Wild Land Firefighters Foundation, and collect money in a stump," said Allegra.
The fundraiser will take place Sunday September 13, from 9 to 5 p.m. at the McDonalds near the 14 freeway on Crown Valley Road.
"The money donated will help the firefighters with rent, hotel fees, and buying anything they need," said Steinberg.
In addition to the five firefighters who lost their homes, there are also five other personnel who have been displaced because of the recent fire. The proceeds from the event will also help them.
This time however the money will be collected in a firefighters boot.
To date, the Station Fire has consumed 160,357 acres, destroyed 82 homes and claimed the lives of two Los Angeles County firefighters. It is 70 percent contained and is not expected to be completely knocked down until September 15.