Substantive Education

November 14, 2008

Westmont Fire

Filed under: Family stuff,Uncategorized,Westmont College — kbagdanov @ 3:09 pm
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mark-the-rds-houseAs most of you have heard a Wildfire has swept through the small community in Montecito. We received a phone call from our son very shortly after the blaze started, as it was not far from one of the dorms on Westmont’s campus and all students were evacuated to the gym. About 800 students along with faculty rode out the firestorm in the gym which is a concrete, fire-safe building. We were able to speak to both Caleb and Levi and knew they were safe.

The college has sustained many structural loses, including over a dozen faculty homes. Caleb’s dorm building burned. We don’t know if any of his stuff survived. I’m sure he’s hoping at least his amp and guitar made it, but from the pictures it doesn’t look good.

You can see pictures of Westmont during the fire last night at

We are grateful that noone in Montecito has been seriously hurt and pray that the fire continues to remain contained…last night it was moving into a heavily populated area. The boys are still contained in the gym, but I assume we will hear more soon when they are allowed to walk around the campus. To complicate things it was College Preview Days and there were High School students visiting the campus.

westmont-firesWe are giving thanks that God has protected all the people in the area and pray for those who have lost so much.

These photos were posted by Joel Phillips on facebook to let students know what was going on.



  1. Yikes! Let me know if anyone could use our condo for a rendevous. Taking the train here is an option if they want to get out of Santa Barbara. I guess Steve can go pick up the boys. It’s nice he’s all the way out here already…

    Comment by Ellen — November 14, 2008 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  2. Levi is off campus now at Kristin’s. Caleb stayed on campus and I haven’t been able to reach him. I’m sure there are not enough plugs for students to continue to charge cell phones.

    Comment by kbagdanov — November 14, 2008 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  3. Oh my word! Talked to your hubby this morning. It seems so unreal!

    Comment by Lana G! — November 14, 2008 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

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