A wind-whipped fire raced through a row of multimillion-dollar homes in Malibu on Monday, destroying four oceanfront residences and a guest house, and damaging four more structures and several vehicles.
More than 300 firefighters were sent to battle the blaze, which was reported at 5:01 p.m. and charred about 20 acres around Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road.
The fire struck a section of the coastline known for its celebrity residents – pushing some into action.
‘It started big and hot and exploded,’ said Victoria Principal, an actress famous for her role in TV’s ‘Dallas,’ who was busy hosing down her house. ‘The wind was swirling. It moved so very quickly.’ She said she offered people parking, food and water.
Fire officials didn’t release the name of the property owners who lost homes. But the stretch of coast has long attracted the rich and famous. According to property records, writer-director Mel Brooks and developer Donald Sterling own homes or once lived in the immediate area.
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