Religious Bar To Firebreaks

Religious Bar To Firebreaks

The Los Angeles Fire Department was pressing a four-count complaint against a Studio City resident who refused to cut firebreaks around his mountainside home.

The defendant told firemen his religious principles held that he could not destroy anything that lived, including shrubs and other plant life surrounding his home.

The L.A.F.D.’s complaint charged Timmsen maintained a fire hazard and failed to clear a 30-foot firebreak around his home as required by law. Attorneys for both sides were to file briefs as Municipal Judge Morton L. Barker took the case under submission.

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