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Couple Tries To Rebuild After Losing Six Cats, All Belongings In La Tuna Canyon House Fire

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A San Fernando Valley couple is trying to rebuild after their six cats died and all belongings were destroyed in a La Tuna Canyon house fire on Wednesday. 

When David Ferrera was returning home last week, his whole life changed. 

Ferrera saw his home engulfed in flames. The first thought that went through his head was not the property or his belongings, it was the six Bengal cats inside. 

“They weren’t just pets, they were family,” Ferrera said. “It was devastating.” 

Firefighters initiated an offensive operation to stop the fire from progressing in the brush while water-dropping helicopters battled the blaze from the air. 

By the time the fire was extinguished, it was too late. All six cats had died and everything inside the home was destroyed. 

“It all just happened so fast. In a moment, everything was gone,” he said. “You can replace the belongings, but we can never get our cats back.” 

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Megan Turner, Ferrera’s longtime girlfriend who lived with him at the home, was at the post office when she received a call notifying her of the incident. 

Turner said the cats were like their own children, adding she is still heartbroken about what had happened. 

The couple believes the cause of the fire was a lithium battery from a laptop that was charging on their bed. The battery overheated, causing their mattress, then the entire home, to catch on fire. 

“We literally have the clothes that we were wearing the night our house burnt, but that’s all,” Turner said. 

As residents of La Tuna Canyon, the couple has previously been impacted by fires, with several brush fires moving into the area in recent years. 

However, nothing has impacted their lives as much as that night. 

“We have had fires go right up to our house before,” Ferrera said. “In one, some of our outside property was damaged, but nothing like this.”

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With their house destroyed, the couple is now living out of a car on the property, waiting for the insurance company to “stop dragging their feet.”

“It might take months for us to get anything from the insurance company. Until then, we are just waiting,” Ferrera said. 

The American Red Cross was able to offer some assistance, but it has not been enough to support them long term. 

“You never know what you have until you lose it,” he said. “Simple things like cooking a meal are hard now.”

The couple is trying to raise funds to establish more permanent housing for the coming months until the insurance settlement is allocated. 

“It still almost feels like a dream, it does not feel real,” Ferrera said. “Anything you can do to help is very appreciated.” 

To donate, visit the GoFundMe page. Residents are also able to provide meals here

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‘Major Emergency’ Fire At Vacant Sun Valley Supermarket Knocked Down

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A “major emergency” structure fire at a vacant Sun Valley supermarket was knocked down Thursday morning, with arson investigators determining the cause of the blaze. 

Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, a fire was reported at a shopping center on the 8000 block of Vineland Avenue, according to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). 

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a one-story, vacant commercial structure with heavy fire showing, Stewart said.

The fire was upgraded to “major emergency” status at about 4 a.m. with over 100 firefighters assigned at the time, according to the spokesperson. 

“Crews deployed master streams and are making progress with no injuries reported,” Stewart said.”Per protocol for an incident of this size, LAFD Arson Section is responding for the investigation.”

Firefighters extinguished the structure fire in one hour and 35 minutes with no injuries reported. 

This will remain an active scene for the duration of the morning and the public is recommended to avoid the area if possible, according to Stewart.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Two Fires Break Out In Newhall Along Sierra Highway

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Two brush fires were reported in Newhall along Sierra Highway Thursday afternoon.

The first blaze, dubbed the Oil Fire, was called in just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday,  near Sierra Highway and Placerita Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

As of 1 p.m., the Oil Fire has reached an estimated one acre in size, according to a department spokesperson. 

About 10 minutes after the first fire, a second blaze was reported just down Sierra Highway near Needham Ranch Road.

The second blaze, called the Needham Fire, reached five acres at about 1:20 p.m., with firefighters “making good progress” on containing the incident.

No structures are currently threatened and no injuries have been reported.

Note: This is a developing news story, check back for updates.

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Soledad Fire Breaks Out North Of Canyon Country

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The Soledad Fire broke out north of Canyon Country Wednesday afternoon after an RV fire spread to the surrounding brush.

The incident, first dubbed the Rock Fire, was reported just before 4 p.m. on the 10600 block of Soledad Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according to Charisma Murillo, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“It is one acre in heavy brush,” Murillo said.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers received a report of an RV that was fully engulfed in flames, according to CHP logs. 

Southbound lanes on Soledad Canyon Road are closed for an unknown duration, according to the CHP.

Forward progress was stopped, with the fire held to 1.5 acres, according to Fire officials.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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