Blaze Ravages Lake Forest Home

No one was injured in a fire that severely damaged a home on Midcrest Drive today. Firefighters continue to monitor hot spots.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Orange County firefighters were still on the scene of an extinguished Midcrest Drive blaze making sure all the hot spots were out and the home wouldn't re-ignite.

"It took about 30 minutes to knock the fire down," said OCFA Capt. Marc Stone at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. "It was a good, aggressive attack that kept the fire from spreading to other homes. They're doing an extended overhaul operation -- they'll be there for quite some time."

Although an investigation is in progress, Stone indicated the fire appeared to have begun in the garage. No one was home at the time of the fire.

Dispatchers received the call from the neighborhood around 21601 Midcrest Drive in Lake Forest at 10:40 a.m., Stone said. Firefighters initially on the scene found flames bursting from the garage, "lapping up into the second floor and breaching the attic," he said.

Some 45 firefighters initially responded to quench the flames in the two-alarm fire, Stone said. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, but firefighters were still searching for a missing dog and cat, Stone said.

katelynn marie mansell January 24, 2013 at 12:13 AM
how did it occur
Marty Tenebaum January 24, 2013 at 12:50 AM
I happened to drive on Lake Forest at the time just before the Fire Fighters arrived and the smoke was billowing in the area I am so glad to hear no one was injured
Compassionate January 24, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Mr. F-Man, It's surprising you are employed anywhere. Do us all a favor and stay off Midcrest Drive, so in the future you won't have to worry about your little beater car speeding through caution tape if anyone else on our street should experience a profound tragedy. It's people like you who give humanity a scarred name.
Compassionate January 24, 2013 at 03:46 PM
It was confirmed last night that our neighbor's dog and cat survived the fire. We are thankful for such joyful news in the midst of profound trauma, tragedy and loss.
JustUs January 24, 2013 at 03:50 PM
OMG. Thank you for the wonderful news, Compassionate. If I had a tail I would wag it. The home looks competely gutted in the photo. I wonder how those poor animals survived? It would seem that the smoke and fumes alone would have killed them. They must have been terrified. The dog deserves a big steak and the cat deserves a nice salmon fillet. God bless them both. And thank you for the information. You made my day!
Susan Wattles January 24, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I saw the start of a comment that the pets were safe but can't find it now. True? I hope so because that would be horrible on top of the devastation of losing their home.
Susan Wattles January 24, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I needed to sign in to see the wonderful news about the pets. Good news! I was sick about them and am so glad the family has that bit of brightness.
Purvis Granger January 24, 2013 at 04:41 PM
JustUs, are you being SARCASTIC? That's surely something that cats and dogs can't do! That actually means that you are higher functioning. If only they would allow pets in your facility.
Purvis Granger January 24, 2013 at 04:53 PM
JustUs, so you're NOT being sarcastic! That's awesome, as I was worried that I had misjudged how far down the spectrum you were. Alas, my original thoughts are confirmed. Are you guys having an ice cream social in the common room today?
El Toro Resident January 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Frank man, leaving vulgar and nasty comments on any website just shows your lack of I.Q. and judgement. Your NOT a man, your an idiot.
El Toro Resident January 24, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Just looking at these photos actually made me ill. The thought of your own home destroyed by fire and all the contents, is overwhelming. I cannot imagine the nightmare this family is going through. Whenever something like this happens, you cannot recover all your losses. There are things that cannot be replaced. Thank heavens no one was injured and their pets survived. I hope the process of recovering isn't as bad as it looks.
Katie Walters January 24, 2013 at 06:05 PM
It started with something in the garage. Something near the heater/furnace.
Katie Walters January 24, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Seeing the pictures makes me sad, but I'm so glad my family is ok. Hopefully things can get fixed relatively soon so they can go back home.
JustUs January 24, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Purv, you're a barrel of laughs today. Instead of throwing lame and vitriolic insults at me why don't you offer a civilized comment like showing some joy that the 2 animals made it out alive. Or is that asking too much of you??? heh.
Purvis Granger January 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Justus: You must be listening for the sound of the afternoon med cart. You use the word vitriolic as if you knew what it meant. Clearly you do not. In fact, your comments are so incoherent, it's clear that you struggle with the English language itself, something that many reading your comments marvel at.
JustUs January 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I will let the author and the readers examine YOUR posts and MY posts under this thread to determine who is vitriolic and who is not, Purv. heh. None of your comments even relate to the article. Your comments are only attacks against me. So who is delusional, Purv??? Mirror, mirror on the wall......who is the nuttiest of them all! :^)
Purvis Granger January 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM
JustUs, when you don't understand language, using the caps key has you not understanding it more visibly. Recycling tired tropes like "mirror mirror" and trying to imply, after you have failed to construct an argument of any kind in any comment, that anyone other than you is in need of help is laughable. Is tonight movie night in your ward? Perhaps they'll screen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!
JustUs January 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Yes, El Toro resident. I sympathize dearly with the family as well. What a total tragedy. I am just delighted that no one got hurt and that the 2 animals escaped with their lives. The thought of an animal caught in a fire just sends shivers up my spine. Oh, btw, I apologize for Purv Granger above. He seems to be a very angry person who adds nothing to our discussion except for vitriol. There's one in every crowd. Please accept my apology for him. Have a nice evening, El Toro Resident. Stay dry and be careful on the roads.
Compassion January 25, 2013 at 07:55 AM
JustUs, Your comment was just fine. Anyone more concerned about attacking you rather than sending goodwill to the family that lost their home, is a malicious bully. The survival of both pets was a miracle. Now it's time to continue prayers for rapid and smooth rebuilding, and for the family to swiftly heal with a peace that surpasses understanding.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I don't know how the cat survived but I know the dog was rescued by neighbors who jumped the fence into the backyard. Our family dog was barking up a storm which sent us out to see what was happening. We saw one neighbor battling the blaze with a garden hose. Then a couple of good Samaritans heard a dog barking in their yard, worked together, risked their lives, and saved the dog by jumping the fence.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Either way we can't begin to imagine how our neighbor is feeling at this point. This is a complete tragedy that could have easily happened to any of us on the street. I can only hope for the best for them and that they will rebuild quickly and smoothly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
JustUs January 25, 2013 at 05:03 PM
And why wasn't this publicized by the media. IMO those neighbors who saved that dog are heroes. Are they trying to give credit to the Fire Department when it was civilian neighbors who saved the dog? Both of those neighbors should have their photos in the paper and given their due recognition.
JustUs January 25, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Yes, they must be feeling awfully bad today. My prayers are with them too! I am just glad no human or animal life was lost. But when all your belongings go up in smoke it must be a terrible feeling. regardless if you have home insurance and can rebuild.
Compassion January 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Apparently the kitty was found under a bed in a room that wasn't in flames. He must have had Devine protection, as flames and smoke consumed the garage and upstairs bedroom before the fire department arrived. Bangs and explosive sounds from the garage sent me to my front window. The visual was shocking and horrifying. May God bless our wonderful neighbors in this time of loss and sorrow. You will continue to be in my prayers.
JustUs January 25, 2013 at 06:36 PM
God bless that little kitty, Compassion. I would love to buy her (him) a salmon fillet for dinner. Do you know who is taking care of the kitty? Is there someway I could get a salmon fillet to them to cook for the kitty? I am quite serious. That poor kitty must have been terrified and my heart goes out to it and it's owners.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I agree, the media tend to focus on the negative. They should also mention the heroic efforts of ordinary citizens. I'm just very proud that people like that live in my neighborhood. Lord knows we need more people like that in this world.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Thanks for the update Compassion. Awwww, the poor kitty. I'm just so relieved to hear the kitty found a good place to hide and was able to survive this tragedy. It was a good thing no one was home when this happened, but then it was so sad to see the homeowner showing up and seeing his house in flames. And of course, it always rains right after a fire. I don't think the rain these past 2 days are helping the situation.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM
True true, JustUs. The feeling must be gut-wrenching. I can only hope and pray their most valuable belongings, the ones that's irreplaceable, like old family pictures, heirlooms, keepsakes, etc. escaped the fire.


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