Fires and the People Who Fight Them

2018 April Editions Editors Notebook

On March 19, 1964, nine homes in Eagle Rock were destroyed by a fire that blew in from Glendale and scorched the hills. Seven other homes were heavily damaged. Evacuations were ordered as fire companies converged to defend homes near the hills.

The Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society will show newly-acquired footage of this event and Joe Friezer’s prize-winning photos for the Eagle Rock Sentinel on Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd. There will also be a discussion of the causes of recurring wind-driven brush fires in the hills above Eagle Rock and efforts to prevent them. The event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Steven Rosenthal, a longtime resident of Eagle Rock and board member of the First-In Fire Foundation, recently presented a gift of needed tools for firefighters and emergency responders at Eagle Rock’s Fire Station 42. The gift reflects the mission of the foundation to “friend-raise” and “fund raise” for the Fire Service and the Fire Department, its firefighters, services and numerous education and preparedness programs. Mr. Rosenthal took the opportunity to acknowledge that Fire Station 42 has served Eagle Rock for nearly 100 years and to urge local residents to support the station with equipment, technology, tools and furniture.  To learn more about the First-In Fire Foundation and how to donate to Fire Station 42, call (323) 934-8164 or visit:

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