After the Fire: Westmont Recovers from Natural Disaster and Looks to Rebuild

Every now and then, Westmont College freshman Stacey Torigoe still encounters the scent of smoke emanating from some piece of her belongings. “The smoke smell is kind of haunting,” she said, recalling the observation from a recent conversation with her roomate. In spite of that, she’s doing okay these days, though she was among the 50 on-campus students who lost their hosuing in the Tea Fire, the wildfire that burned through Westmont’s campus and surrounding areas on Nov. 13, 2008. more

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