Whittier College Couple Severely Injured in Southland Fire
Lance and Carla (Hewitt) Hoffman, who met while attending Whittier College 10 years ago, are recovering from third- and second-degree burns as a result of a fire that swept through their Montecito home. The Santa Barbara Independent reports that the couple suffered the "most dire injuries of anyone affected by the Tea Fire." Both Lance and Carla are still being held at UC Riverside's Regional Burn Center and are expected to remain in the hospital for a few months. Santa Barbara firefighters have set up the "Lance and Carla Burn Fund" to help the couple pay their substantial medical bills.