‘Fire babies’ commemorate their 10th year

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SAN DIEGO  -- They were dubbed the fire babies by their parents -- five newborns, brought into the world with one thing in common: their family homes had all been burned to the ground in the Cedar Fire.

Now every year their families get together to snap an annual shot commemorating the struggle of rebuilding their homes and their lives.

For the five girls, the event is marked by new matching outfits and a play date. For their parents, it's far more moving.

firebabies“I don’t think I could have made it through the stress of our day-to-day lives with out these girls… We have become a family with traditions,” said Molly Costello, a mother of a fire baby.

All five mothers got pregnant during the reconstruction of their neighborhood and are now as tight as a group can get.

“No one is ever allowed to leave or sell their house… We all get each other,” joked Nicole Anderson, another fire baby mother.

This year marks the 10th group portrait of the girls in the Scripps Ranch neighborhood.