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Couch fire causes $25K in damage HILLSIDE...

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

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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

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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.

Amber Willard

Teachers to protest at City Hall

CIVIC CENTER -- Burbank teachers will assemble in front of City

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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

week.

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

meeting.

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Final termination notices must be given to teachers and other

workers by May 15.

Molly Shore


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