Apartment damaged in New Year's Eve fire
Laguna Beach firefighters extinguished a fire at a 30-unit apartment complex on New Year's Eve, containing the damage to one unit. There were no injuries.
Around 4 p.m. Saturday, the sound of the apartment's smoke alarm alerted nearby neighbors, who called the Fire Department, according to a news release. Firefighters arrived and quickly stopped the fire from spreading in the complex in the 200 block of Lower Cliff Drive.
"The presence of a working smoke alarm certainly increased the early 911 notifications and our emergency response to this incident," Fire Division Chief Dan Stefano said in a statement.
Officials determined the cause was related to a wall heater, but the investigation is ongoing. Preliminary property damage is estimated at $50,000, according to the release.
"With cooler, winter temperatures now starting to be felt during this time of year, it is vital that combustible items — such as floor rugs, window coverings, clothing — are not placed on top of, adjacent to or within 3 feet of any type of home heating device," Stefano said.
Hiker rescued from park
A woman was rescued from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park around noon Dec. 28.
The Orange County Fire Authority was notified after hikers noticed on the path a 48-year-old female who wasn't able to walk due to ankle injuries.
According to Capt. Marc Stone, a helicopter was requested because the trail isn't easily accessible by vehicle. The woman was transported to the Shady Canyon Fire Station in Irvine and then taken to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills.
DUIs increase during holidays
The Laguna Beach Police Department reported that DUI arrests doubled this season compared to last year's numbers.
From Dec. 19 to Jan. 1, police reported 29 drunk-driving arrests. The same time period last year reported 14 arrests, Sgt. Louise Callus said.
Police had saturation patrols on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30 with four extra patrol units specifically for DUI enforcement. Out of the 29 arrests, seven were made Dec. 23 and six were made Dec. 30.
Two flee police in car, get stuck in stairway
Two were arrested after fleeing police and getting their vehicle stuck in a Park Avenue stairway around 2 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Karly Bosson, 33, of Anaheim and Samuel Eric, 29, of Brea are facing charges of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, obstruction and hit-and-run. They also had outstanding felony warrants, according to police.