BREAKING NEWS FIRE | AFTERMATH
Burned Out Homes leaving many without nowhere to live, but in the streets.
Homeless people are many after the fires here.
December 8, 2017 (Friday) Editorial & Raw Footage Credits: Baddboyfilms News
The Sylmar Creek Fire was fueled by heavily downward winds ranging in the 50 mph range on Tuesday in the am hours, reports say. The neighbors were fast asleep as Fire Officials awoke the entire neighborhood on a bullhorn as they drove through the streets of Via Santa Barbara and Via Santiago along the Sylmar Creek while fire was becoming fierce within the bed of it below.
The wind shot ambers across the streets and made visibility low. The smoke was dense and thickened and made the air hard to breath it in. The air was filled with hot sparks and smoke, broken twigs & branches from palms with flames on them flying through the air.
it was like a fire storm that had popped up form out of nowhere and now this little town nested in the hills of Sylmar was under a major attack of flying ambers coming straight up out of the creek bed and landing in all of the neighbor’s roof tops which are modular homes, made of cardboard like press-wood and plastics along with a foam based inner shell and fiberglass outer casing.
The press board was like cardboard in the construction of these homes as the main materials used to build it’s internal parts. The homes are cheaply made Via a basic home builders kit that all comes in on a truck, all from a truck, these homes are delivered and assembled on location to a specific design .
Each home floor plan is moderately the same as dozens of others therefore when the builders build them, they are used to building these one after another. Here in this small area it is a private town, all streets are not maintained by City of Los Angeles tax payers, therefore they do not have a Fire Department by LAFD services, They do not have Police to help them and they don’t have any outsider’s to help them.
The only services they had was all of which they purchased. It also comes with a homeowner’s package deal made by the local homeowner’s association which is allocated within itself.
They offer cable Tv services from Direct Tv, Water delivery of cased water bottles to their door weekly services, there are security guard patrol services in the streets and they have their own Neighborhood Watch program that the local Sylmar Police just started allowing installed in their neighborhood though it was still up in the air who was going to pay that tax per year.
The fire, when it hit, some neighbors told Baddboyfilms News that it was around 4:30am when Firefighters were rolling up on Via Santiago Private St. outside going door-to-door calling out for people, they turned on their P.A. systems warning people of the evacuation order that it was mandatory they grab a few things and take a car and leave.
Not many people knew how much time they had, the wind was fierce and outside they looked but all they saw was a violent dense smokey blast of sparks ambers and flames on houses all around their streets. The homes were on fire and people were in a horrible panic.
They were scared to death. It was one home catching on to another, they were built back-to-back and it made it hard to get their cars out of their garages with no time, the neighbors , some, have more than two or three cars, but only one driver. Some of their family wasn’t home, was outside already with friends or on a trip or at work in a night shift position. Many homeowners assumed this was just planned mortgage, that their homes wouldn’t burn, only to return to a ruined lifetime of work as they looked forward into their piled up burned down home they are still paying mortgage payments on.
Roof tops melted, the heat was dense. The flames jumped walls, lit all streets and palm trees burst into flames. The neighbors helped others out of their homes, some were on walkers, wheelchairs and handicapped people, disabled persons and the elderly. There were people all trying to get their neighbor’s family house pets rescued and in to their cars, people ran from door to door to help their friends and warn strangers, they didn’t know if everyone was out or safe or already deceased.
The disability and air was crazy. Null. Your eyes were burning from the smoke and blasting ashes that came from the windy creek bed. You looked around, you saw the home on the corner of Via Santiago st. smoking and a tiny flame buckling from the corner in the attic roof top. You seen in it’s windows, billowing smoke and flames inside their living room. You saw your neighbor’s white truck on fire and you knew it is serious, how much time do I have?
Friday, December 8, neighbors were allowed to return to their home area to see what was left.
A Man in his walker, Bob B. was just pulling up in a car with a friend and he saw his home is a melted mess, total ashes, the roof caved in.
He exited the vehicle and in his home, he has his Grandfather’s baby grand piano which was said by Bob Brix , was a gift from his Grandfather that he had saved from when his parents passed away.
In the living room this piano sits, covered in ashes though unknown if it was repairable, it has lots of damages, Sylmar Creek Fire victim Bob Brix explained about his purchasing of his homestead some 6 years ago and that moving in was something he was happy to have done but now looking into his front window glass which was broken exposing his baby-grand that his Grandfather willed to him, it was a shattered nightmare seeing it in the dismay state it was sitting in under 200 pounds of ashes and debris.
A Fire victim who’s Sylmar home is sitting in a pile of ash on this very spot where he left it in the evacuation on Tuesday morning AM hours when he was told he had to get out, the fire had been approaching fast up into the creek and people are told to evacuate.
Bob Brix had said he grabbed a few things, what to decide to take but little time, how much time do you have. He took some things, got into his vehicle and left the rest behind.
Bob Brix’s Story to KTLA5 News LA and Baddboyfilms News raw footage tells the story as we listen to Bob as he tells us the rest.
Interview with Bob Brix YouTube Video:
HD Exclusive interview Fire Victims Sylmar Creek Fires
Here across the river from over the bridge on Harding St. the brushfire traveled up into this small community. Just weeks till Christmas time of the years and shopping malls and villages are full of holiday shoppers and stores are filled with Christmas shoppers and Christmas sales, these homeowners are not going to be thinking about Christmas or New Years this year, they are going to be cleaning up their house as it is in a big ruin mess. The entire area is smelly of rotten ash BBQ burning chemicals smells.
RAW FOOTAGE: Creek Brush Fire Aftermath
The area wind now a week later still has a very awful stench of burned plastics, wood, fire pit coal smells, smelling of polyester melted clothing and mattresses burned. It smells rotten like spoiled meats in the freezer and leftover dinner from the night of the evacuation. The rotten stenches of mildew water that rest in the rusted steel mess under carriage which used to hold up the structure before the fire. The anger amongst the neighbors who’s homes that didn’t burn but they have to try to get rid of all that fire smell that bombed their homes internally. The ashes that ruined their yards and the