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Students Returning to Campus Damaged by Wildfire

Students at a Christian college damaged by one of the California wildfires are returning to campus Tuesday to retrieve some of their belongings.

A U.S. forest service firefighter battles towering flames burning along Little Tugunga Road, in the Angeles National Forest, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday Oct. 12, 2008. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Ron Haralson says the blaze has charred up to 750 acres in the rugged area of Little Tujunga Canyon. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Students at a Christian college
damaged by one of the California wildfires are returning to campus
Tuesday to retrieve some of their belongings.

During last week's blaze, some Westmont College students huddling in the gym prayed while others watched the flames through the gym's large glass panes.

Classes won't resume until after Thanksgiving at the Santa Barbara school, where flames ripped through buildings housing the physics, math and psychology departments.

College spokesman Scott Craig says three dormitories and 14 faculty homes also were destroyed.

Todd Pulliam, an admissions counselor at Westmont, was philosophical about articles he lost in the fire. Pulliam said, "I told God I wanted to simplify my life, and He's done it."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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