Pacific Grove’s 128-year-old LaPorte Mansion Fire

Pacific Grove's 128-year-old LaPorte Mansion

The LaPorte Mansion, a well-known 128-year-old landmark just outside of Pacific Grove’s downtown area and a filming location for the 1959 film A Summer Place, caught fire this morning, Friday, May 26, suffering extensive damage.

UPDATE: The fire began after the man living at the home noticed smoke inside and went to investigate, according to Monterey Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer. The man attempted to extinguish the fire from above through a window using a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful. He was able to escape without injury.

The Monterey Fire Department was dispatched at 9:48 am and arrived soon after. When crews arrived they could see flames on the exterior of the house facing Lighthouse Avenue, Panholzer says. Unfortunately, the fire had already traveled inside the walls and up to the attic. 

Old Victorian homes used balloon-framed construction, where the exterior of the structure is built first and the walls are added inside, Panholzer explains. It creates a space between the exterior walls and interior walls from the ground up to the attic. Once a fire gets inside that space, it travels straight up and overtakes the attic. “It’s very, very difficult to fight those fires,” he says.

Shark Attack, August 10, 2022. Yes, another one

Today, at approximately 11:30 am a paddleboarder off of Lovers Point Beach had a shark encounter approximately 150 yards off Lovers Point Pier. The paddleboard was bit by the shark, but the paddleboarder is uninjured. Lovers Point Beach and coastal access starting at the Sea Palm turnout through Saturday, August 13, 2022. We ask our community members and visitors, to contact local public safety agencies in the event of a shark encounter or sighting.

The day was so calm and warm and the beach was crowded….great white shark!

Update, Steve Bruemmer has returned home.

“The swimmer that was attacked by a great white shark at Lovers Point Beach Wednesday morning — 62-year-old Steve Bruemmer — is in fair condition and expected to make a full recovery, according to his doctors at Natividad Medical Center.

“The quick reaction of bystanders and EMTs placing tourniquets combined with the proximity of Natividad Trauma Center was crucial in saving Mr. Bruemmer’s life,” said Dr. Nicholas Rottler, one of Natividad’s trauma surgeons. Rottler and Dr. Kuong Ngann operated on Bruemmer for approximately two hours.

Bruemmer was swimming at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday when he was bitten by the shark. Witnesses saw him go underwater briefly before resurfacing and calling for help.

“The shark bite was unlucky, but after that, I’ve just had so much good luck,” Bruemmer said in a statement released to the media. “The day was so calm and warm and the beach was crowded. There were no waves and there was no chop. So people could hear me yelling ‘help’ from a great distance, including from the Rec Trail, where someone called 911.”


Pacific Grove: Shark attack victim stable, will make ‘full recovery’