More than 150 volunteers, including many from San Juan’s Community Emergency Response Team, installed smoke alarms in condos in the La Zanja neighborhood on Feb. 21. By Allison Jarrell
More than 150 volunteers, including many from San Juan’s Community Emergency Response Team, installed smoke alarms in condos in the La Zanja neighborhood on Feb. 21. Photo: Allison Jarrell

The Capistrano Dispatch

On Saturday, March 14, over 90 volunteers from the Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff Department, SJC CERT, TIP (Trauma Intervention Program), American Red Cross, the city of San Juan Capistrano, members of Mission Basilica and Edge churches, AVID and other community volunteers installed nearly 700 smoke alarms in the La Zanja neighborhood of San Juan Capistrano. The volunteers made up 16 teams and worked from 8 a.m. until after 5 p.m. and installed smoke alarms in approximately 200 condos.

The March 14 effort was the second full Saturday of installing smoke alarms in the neighborhood. Previously, on Feb. 21, about 150 volunteers installed approximately 700 smoke alarms in 400 condos. Both efforts were in response to the devastating Jan. 20 La Zanja condo fire, which claimed the lives of a young mother and her two sons—Maricela Sanchez, 20, Jaiden Liborio, 3, and Iker Liborio, 2. Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said the installation was a “great success” and “much appreciated” by the close-knit San Juan community.

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