A memorial for victims of the Oakland Hills Fire was damaged by vandals sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, authorities said.
The Firestorm Memorial Garden sculpture, which depicts burned and regrowing trees from the 1991 firestorm that killed 25 people and burned more than 3,000 homes, lost its five metal bars at the north end of the sculpture to vandals who sawed through them, Oakland Landscape Committee chairman Gordon Piper said in a news release.
Vandals have damaged the sculpture three times since 2010. The garden is located at the entrance of Hiller Highlands at the end of Highway 13 as it feeds into Tunnel Road.
The Oakland Landscape Committee filed a police report and is reviewing video surveillance tapes that scout the area 24 hours a day. The committee is trying to raise $5,000 to support the video surveillance and restore the damaged sculpture, Piper said.
Donations may be sent to the Oakland Landscape Committee at 33 Hiller Drive in Oakland and a check payable to the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation. The donation is tax-deductible.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Gordon Piper at 510-843-3828 or 510-910-2969.
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