A fire that destroyed an iconic World War II hangar at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, CA, in early November has had long-lasting effects on the residents who live in that region of Orange County, CA — like GENERAL HOSPITAL scene-stealers Jay and Joey Clay. The one-year-old twins, who share the role of baby Ace, had to leave their home as a result of the poor air quality in the area, according to a post the boys’ mom, Lana, made on their Instagram page.
Sharing a photo of her sons in the arms of their dad, looking out to a beautiful sunset, mama Clay explained that Jay and Joey are “adapting and exploring” their new surroundings — but the past few weeks have not been easy on the family. “Navigating an upside-down life with twin boys after relocating due to the hangar fire, air quality, and asbestos testing in our home,” she wrote.
Making Jay and Joey’s health — as well as that of the family’s bulldogs — a priority in the weeks after the fire, the boys’ parents made the difficult decision to relocate. “Wearing P100 respirator masks, witnessing people in biohazard suits outside, and enduring a confined life with closed windows, no AC or heat, and limited outdoor activities were unsustainable,” Lana revealed. “Embracing outdoor life is crucial for our daily well-being.”
Standing 17 stories high, over 1,000 feet long, and 300 feet wide, the pair of massive wooden Tustin Hangars were built in 1942 to store large blimps that the U.S. Navy used to patrol the southern California coastline and search for enemy submarines. After they were decommissioned, the landmark hangars were used for special events and featured in primetime television shows and films, including Pearl Harbor.
After one of the hangars went up in flames on Nov. 7, it smoldered for more than a week as ash and debris found to contain asbestos scattered over nearby neighborhoods. “The lack of clear leadership and understanding regarding deconstruction and biohazardous decontamination adds to the challenge,” continued Lana.
Thankfully, the Clays were able to find refuge with Joey’s godfather and family, who Lana shared has given them “unwavering support during our relocation.” She added that she and the boys were also “grateful for our Daddy having the leadership and strength to face challenges head-on.”
In the comments section of her post, many GH fans wondered what the relocation would mean for Joey and Jay’s upcoming appearances on the soap. And thankfully, their mom confirmed, the move won’t have any impact on the boys’ taping upcoming episodes!
We are glad to hear that the Clay family has somewhere else to stay during this difficult time and hope that they can move back to their own home very soon!