Editor’s note: Many of the details firefighters relayed Monday on the heirloom ring discovery were inaccurate. The story was clarified Tuesday when officials held a press briefing with the woman the ring belongs to. Click here to read KTLA’s updated coverage.
After discovering a ring that survived when the Getty Fire burned down a Brentwood-area home, officials learned the family heirloom had likewise achieved the same feat when a blaze tore through the neighborhood nearly 60 years before.
The house where the ring was discovered by firefighters was one of 484 destroyed after the 1961 Bel Air Fire, long considered one of the most destructive in metropolitan Los Angeles’ history. In that blaze, the ring was the only thing that survived, the L.A. Fire Department said in an Instagram post Monday.
The woman who lived there in 1961 had passed the ring on to her daughter, who now lives in a home rebuilt in the same spot where the mother’s burned down.
Both women were in the residence and forced to evacuate when the Getty Fire broke out Oct. 28, LAFD said. The blaze eventually consumed 10 houses and damaged another 15 as it spread to 745 acres.
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You really need to read this story. #unbelievable + In 1961, 484 homes were destroyed by the Bel Air Fire. This past week, some of those same (rebuilt) homes were again destroyed in the #gettyfire. + On October 30th, Engine 89 was working at the fire and found a small ring box out in front of the only home destroyed in that section of the street. Sitting there all by itself. When they opened it and saw the beautiful ring inside, they just knew this would be very important to the homeowner. They delivered it to the Command Post. + A few days later, once residents were safely able to return to their homes, a couple LAFD officers set off on their mission to find the ring’s owner. + They found her. That ring belonged to her mother…who lived in the home when it was destroyed in 1961 and this ring – it was the only thing that survived. Her mother was with her in the home when they had to evacuate last week. And now, the ring is again the survivor…finding it’s way to a spot where firefighters ‘rescued’ it. #wow + The resident was speechless and beyond happy to have the ring back. + Among the stories of heartbreak and devastation, these moments lighten our hearts. + We hope this beloved family heirloom continues to bring joy and smiles to its family. . . Image: A ring box being held open and reveals an antique looking wedding ring . #thelittleringwhocould #familyheirloom #crazystories #lifeisamazing #lafd #brushfire #losangeles
On Oct. 30, firefighters assigned to the area noticed a small ring box sitting in front of the home, which was the only house leveled on that section of street. Officials say it was “sitting there all by itself.”
“When they opened it and saw the beautiful ring inside, they just knew this would be very important to the homeowner,” LAFD wrote in the post.
Once evacuated residents were allowed to return home, a pair of fire officials made it their mission to reunite the ring with its owner.
LAFD says the daughter was “speechless” and “beyond happy” to have the enduring heirloom back.
“Among the stories of heartbreak and devastation, these moments lighten our hearts,” the agency wrote.
Correction: This post has been updated to correct that the Bel Air Fire occurred nearly 60 years ago, not 70.