Can’t Happen Here!


At least 20 homes and retail shops were totally destroyed when a fire raged through Santa Rosalia, north of La Paz.

The town was a candle waiting to be lit, as it is the only town on the Baja where most structures are made of wood. The wood was ballast in the ships that came down to Mexico to haul ore back to the States. Free wood! Wouldn’t you go down to the docks to scavenge through to build your home?

Also this fire did so much damage because the homes and shops were all joined together. They actually had to bulldoze down some intact, supposedly safe structures before the fire got there, in order to create a fire break.

There were minor injuries, no deaths.

We’re a little safer from this kind of tragedy, because all our structures are built of concrete.