RECALLING A CAMPUS CALAMITY : With prayer and song, Westmont College marks Tea Fire anniversary

On November 13, 2008, the Tea Fire began at 5:45 p.m. on a hill overlooking Westmont College. The wind-driven flames were pushed southward and into the college campus, large swaths of which were quickly engulfed in smoke, embers and flames. Students were evacuated into the gymnasium and stayed there for hours before they were allowed to leave, dispersing throughout the area to shelters, hotels or the homes of friends and churchgoers until the were able to return two weeks later. Eight campus buildings and 15 faculty homes were destroyed. On Friday, students of the college gathered on a campus much changed from a year ago as they commemorated the anniversary of the conflagration. more

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