Tag Archives: Reese

Classic Van Meets Its End as Fire Consumes Longtime Companion

Burbank Firefighters along with Burbank Police were called to Riverside Drive and Reese Place Sunday afternoon after getting reports of a van on fire, which turned out to be a classic 1977 VW Van in fact.

Burbank Firefighters work to extinguish this VW Van fire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters work to extinguish this VW Van fire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Longtime Burbank resident and former Lochkeed employee, Ed Ricksecker, was taking his 1977 Green VW Van to the mechanic for some engine work with his wife following behind in another vehicle Sunday.

While in the area of Riverside Drive and Reese Place, his wife saw the engine catch fire, honking for him to stop. Seeing heavy smoke, Ed pulled over and shortly after Burbank Police Officer and K9 handler John Embelton was on scene and attempted to put the fire out with his Department Fire Extinguisher.

Ed Ricksecker van owner looks at what's left of his 77 VW Van Popup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ed Ricksecker van owner looks at what’s left of his 77 VW Van Popup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Minutes later Burbank Engine 15 arrived on scene and finally extinguished the blaze. The engine being made of Magnesium, which was hard to extinguish, forcing Firefighters had to use a dry chemical extinguisher and water on the interior. The van was sadly destroyed.

Mr. Ricksecker had bought the VW Van Popup new back in 1977 and said that the van has been everywhere across the United States, including Alaska. It had made it to the White House a couple of times and had over 300,000 miles on it.

Ed Ricksecker and his wife talk to Capt. Mark Hatch after his beloved 77 VW Van caught fire Sunday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ed Ricksecker and his wife talk to Capt. Mark Hatch after his beloved 77 VW Van caught fire Sunday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Accident at Reese and Magnolia Sends Driver to Hospital

Burbank police and fire units were called to the intersection of Magnolia Blvd. and Reese Pl. for a two car traffic accident Thursday afternoon.  A older model Ford pick-up truck and a compact sedan collided in the intersection, which is controlled by a traffic signal.

Burbank Fire Department Paramedics transported the driver of one of the cars to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, with moderate injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation to determine who was at fault.

 

Burbank Paramedics treat the driver of this car following a collision at Reese & Magnolia Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)