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Garden Dedicated to Victims of Oakland Fire

March 23, 1992

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Relatives of those killed in the Oakland fire last fall planted a garden to honor the 25 victims.

Olive trees and trees and shrubs that survived the inferno were planted Saturday in a community garden in Hiller Highlands, a neighborhood devastated by the Oct. 20 blaze.

″It’s hard to think that this is where it happened,″ said Kevin McNeary, whose brother died in the fire.

Gordon Piper, chairman of the neighborhood association, said the memorial also will include 25 stepping stones inscribed with the names of the dead. The stones will lead to a sculpture.

The fire destroyed more than 3,000 homes and caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage.

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