Fort Bragg Advocate-News - - FRONT PAGE - By Danna Swei­dan-Scott Contribute­d

MEN­DO­CINO » The Men­do­cino home and work­shop of na­tion­al­lyrec­og­nized artist, Larry Fuentes, burned to the ground July 3 — just one day be­fore he would have tra­di­tion­ally driven his “Mad Cad” Cadil­lac down Main Street in the an­nual Fourth of July parade.

Men­do­cino Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to the re­port of a van on fire shortly af­ter 6 p.m. on July 3, and ar­rived at Fuente’s ComptcheUk­iah Road res­i­dence to find a fully-in­volved struc­tural fire, which in­cluded Fuente’s cre­ative work­shop of more than 50 years.

One vic­tim was res­cued from the ve­hi­cle fire that the burn is sus­pected to have started in. He was treated on-site for se­ri­ous in­juries and was taken via air am­bu­lance to UC Davis Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Sacra­mento for spe­cial­ized care, where he is ex­pected to make a re­cov­ery.

Much of Fuente’s five decades of cre­ative work and ma­te­ri­als were lost in the fire. The Chicagob­orn artist moved to Men­do­cino in the late 1960s, af­ter at­tend­ing the Kansas City Art In­sti­tute.

Fuente was un­harmed in the fire, and the burn vic­tim that was pulled from the ve­hi­cle fire


The Men­do­cino home and work­shop of na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized artist, Larry Fuentes, burned to the ground July 3.

A fire­fighter watches as the home of Larry Fuentes, burns to the ground on July 3.

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