The Los Angeles Fire Department, responding to the devastating Getty Fire, discovered a small ring box in front of the only destroyed home on that particular street. After finding the rightful owner, they learned that the ring was incredibly sentimental, as it was the only thing that survived from a previous home destroyed by the 1961 Bel Air Fire.
On Oct. 30 — two days after the Getty Fire broke out, which ultimately destroyed 10 homes, left 15 others with damage and burned across 745 acres — Engine 89 discovered the ring box in front of the charred house, according to their Facebook post. Somehow, the ring had miraculously survived, and the crew realized that it would be important to the owner, who had lost their home.
The ring was given to the Command Post until the owner was located.
A few days later, when residents were cleared to return to their neighborhood safely, members of the LAFD set out to find the ring's owner.
"They found her," LAFD's Facebook post read. "That ring belonged to her mother...who lived in the home when it was destroyed in 1961 and this ring — it was the only thing that survived."
According to the post, the resident's mother was also in the home when they were ordered to evacuate last week.
"And now, the ring is again the survivor...finding [its] way to a spot where firefighters ‘rescued’ it," the post reads.
The homeowner and her mother are "speechless" and "beyond happy" to have the ring returned.
The LAFD believes that the Getty Fire was the result of a tree branch that broke off, which then landed on a power line. As this was during "high wind conditions," the tree branch caused sparking and arcing of power lines, which ignited nearby brush. Zero civilians were injured, while five firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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