Couch fire causes $25K in damage
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Two women moving into an apartment left a fan
blowing on a couch and returned to find firefighters in their pad.
The couch had gotten wet from rain as they moved into the complex
in the 600 block of East Providencia Avenue on Saturday. The
roommates set up a fan to dry the couch but the fan’s motor or wiring
failed, sparking a fire on one end of the couch, fire officials said.
The heat and smoke from the fire caused more damage than the blaze
itself, Fire Capt. Bob Reinhardt said. About $10,000 damage to the
apartment was reported, as well as $15,000 damage to the apartment’s
contents. The women will not be able to live in the apartment for
several weeks, but were expected to be able to move into a vacant
unit in the building, Reinhardt said.
Teachers to protest at City Hall
CIVIC CENTER -- Burbank teachers will assemble in front of City
Hall steps at 5 p.m. Thursday to protest preliminary layoff notices
handed out last week. Nearly one-fifth of the district’s credentialed
staff, including teachers and counselors, were given the notices last
The protest will be staged one hour prior to the 6 p.m. school
board meeting in City Hall’s council chambers, 275 E. Olive Ave. The
board has not scheduled any discussion of layoff notices at its
Final termination notices must be given to teachers and other
workers by May 15.