A-lis­ter ex­o­dus as fire hits hills

Stars flee homes as Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires leave at least 11 dead

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRISTO­PHER BUCKTIN US Ed­i­tor chris.bucktin@mir­ror.co.uk

CAL­I­FOR­NIA’S killer wild­fires have driven some of Hol­ly­wood’s most fa­mous names out of their homes.

Stars in­clud­ing Lady Gaga, Kim Kar­dashian, Kanye West and Cher were yes­ter­day forced to flee as flames swept to­wards Mal­ibu.

A-lis­ters were among 250,000 res­i­dents or­dered to evac­u­ate as the wild­fires – thought to have been trig­gered by a power lines mal­func­tion – kept gath­er­ing strength.

So far 11 peo­ple have died with more than 35 still miss­ing as thou­sands of fire­fight­ers last night con­tin­ued to bat­tle the most de­struc­tive blaze in Cal­i­for­nia’s his­tory.

British star Or­lando Bloom posted a pic­ture of the fires as they neared his house, say­ing: “This is my street as of two hours ago. Pray­ing for the safety of all my Mal­ibu fam­ily.”

Singer and ac­tress Cher tweeted: “I’m wor­ried about my house (is on fire), but there is noth­ing I can do. Friends’ houses have burned down.”

TV per­son­al­ity Cait­lyn Jen­ner’s Mal­ibu hill­top house was re­port­edly de­stroyed. Lady Gaga thanked fire­fighter “heroes” as she told her 77 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers: “I’m think­ing deeply for ev­ery­one suf­fer­ing. I’m sit­ting here won­der­ing if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray for each other.” Char­lie Sheen is­sued a des­per­ate ap­peal for help lo­cat­ing par­ents Martin and Janet. They were found shel­ter­ing on the re­sort’s Zuma beach. Apoca­lypse Now star Martin told his chil­dren: “We’ll prob­a­bly sleep in the car tonight.”


British stars who have homes in the area in­clude Adele, Pierce Bros­nan, Sir An­thony Hop­kins, Sting, Min­nie Driver, Jane Sey­mour and for­mer Eas­ten­der Patsy Palmer. Other houses be­long­ing to Will Smith, Robin Thicke, Rob Lowe and Star Wars leg­end Mark Hamill were also in dan­ger. Last night fire­fight­ers con­tin­ued to bat­tle three in­fer­nos – named Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire – cov­er­ing more than 200 square miles. One fire burned an area equiv­a­lent to the size of a foot­ball field ev­ery sec­ond as it was fed by 60mph winds and dry veg­e­ta­tion. Five peo­ple killed were found ei­ther in­side cars or near them in the town of Par­adise, which was al­most de­stroyed. The town’s mayor said al­most 90 per cent of res­i­dents lost their homes. “There’s noth­ing much left stand­ing,” a state fire of­fi­cial said. Mean­while, Don­ald Trump sparked fury as he blamed the Demo­cratic-run state for the dis­as­ter through “gross mis­man­age­ment of the forests”. Thou­sands of Twit­ters users hit back with one point­ing out: “Trump Tower caught on fire twice re­cently and you’re too cheap to in­stall sprin­klers. Talk about gross mis­man­age­ment.”

RES­CUED Lla­mas on beach RUN FOR LIFE Mal­ibu GUT­TED Man­sion in Mal­ibu HEROES Fire­men in in­ferno

WOR­RIED Cher’s home in flames path ABAN­DONED Cars in town of Par­adise PRAY­ING Gaga thanked fire­fight­ers

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