Rising From the Ashes

Remnants from 21 south Escondido homes destroyed during the 2007 Witch Creek fire have been recycled as part of a repaving and street beautification project a few miles away on Tulip Street, according to a published report.

More than 1,000 tons of concrete from the scorched homes, which city crews demolished a few weeks after the fire, helped reduce the cost and environmental impact of the Tulip Street work, Bud Oliveira, the city's construction project manager, told the North County Times.

"It means we didn't clog the landfills," said Oliveira, who estimated that the savings was about $7 per ton, or $70,000 on a $1 million project.

About 3,000 tons of concrete slabs and other material was recovered from the 21 scorched homes, which were located primarily on Lomas Serenas Drive, Concerto Glen and Fino Glen. Demolition of 15 other homes in the area was handled by individual contractors because owners opted out of the city-coordinated program.

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