November 14, 2008
Fast-moving fire consumes Westmont College
A fire driven by fast-moving winds destroyed over 100 homes in the incredibly upscale community of Montecito last night. It also devastated Westmont College, a small Christian liberal-arts school with a quaint, woodsy campus that I’ve heard friends refer to as Camp Snoopy.
Westmont lost at least its physics and psychology buildings, a dorm and a faculty house. Calls to the switchboard get this automated answer:
“Westmont College has suffered major damage due to a wild man fire, but all students and employees are safe. All major campus buildings are unscathed, but we did lose 8 smaller buildings and 14 faculty homes in the adjacent development.”
Students fled to the gym, where they prayed and cried together. Classes are canceled today.
Winds fueling the Tea fire have died down, but the flames are far from extinguished.