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is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

The Men­do­cino Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment was the first to ar­rive on­scene, and re­quested both a ground am­bu­lance and an air am­bu­lance. It also noted the fire had al­ready spread from the ve­hi­cle to a metal ware­house on the prop­erty.

CAL Fire Chief David La­toof co­or­di­nated bucket drops from a CAL Fire he­li­copter. How­ever, fire­fight­ers soon moved to merely pre­vent the fire from spread­ing to the sur­round­ing grass and veg­e­ta­tion rather than try­ing to elim­i­nate the struc­ture fire, which was past sav­ing.

Comptche Fire, Fort Bragg Fire, Al­bion and Lit­tle River Fire, Elk Fire, and five CAL Fire en­gines and a he­li­copter to­taled nearly 50 per­son­nel and 60,000 gal­lons of water, but the home and work­shop were lost.

Fuente hosted an exhi bit , “New World Hoarder,” at the Men­do­cino Art Cen­ter Gallery from Au­gust through Septem­ber 2019.

The six- week ex­hibit, like his other fa­mous work, cen­tered on the in­tri­cate or­na­men­ta­tion he achieved by “as­sem­blage sculp­ture.”

Fuente is also well known for his 1960 “Mad Cad” Cadil­lac. Fire­fight­ers were able to save the car from the fire or dam­age. The car took Fuente five years to cover in over 1,000,000 beads and baubles. The or­nate Cadil­lac has been called his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant to the com­mu­nity, and is usu­ally a prom­i­nent fea­ture of the Men­do­cino Fourth of July Parade.

His 1988 sculp­ture, “Game Fish,” is in per­ma­nent dis­play at the Smith­so­nian Amer­i­can Art Mu­seum’s Ren­wick Gallery.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not yet said what ex­actly started the fire.


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

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