Holy fire: Relieved homeowners relive close calls

The flames that drove neighbors from their homes also brought them together.

On Saturday morning, some of them told stories of rushed attempts to secure property, last-minute escapes from the encroaching inferno and the camaraderie that grew in the midst of the Holy fire.

The dominant emotion was relief.

James Gassor left his home of 12 years in Lake Elsinore’s McVickers neighborhood on Tuesday. He went to stay with his friend, Glenn Huggins, who has lived in the area since 1978. They used...

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