Bel Air, California | 107 LAFD Firefighters are on-scene battling a stubborn structure fire for the last 2.5 hours (since 1730 PST). The fire is said to be burning a two-story $18 Million mansion located in the 10800 block of W Bellagio Road in the Holmby Hills community, that may have belonged to Joan Rivers in earlier years. It had changed hands several times and was purchased for much less than what it is said to be appraised for currently.
Due to the heavy fire load, Command ordered all crews to transition over from offensive to defensive operations for fear of structure collapse. A PAR of all fire crews was conducted by Fire Operations.
Crews are now pouring water from the exterior of the structure as they fight it defensively. LAFD says that there is significant damage done to the building and feared a structural collapse. However, they have successfully stopped it from spreading to a nearby pool house, garage and brush, as well as to closely built exposure buildings.
A knock-down of the fire was called at 2000 hours, approximately 2.5 hours after the time of the call.
One firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries with burns his face and hands. He was transported to a nearby local Trauma Center in fair condition.
Occupants of the home included the homeowner, their children and a nanny self evacuated safely and suffered no injuries from the fire.
There is currently no known cause but it has been forwarded to the LAFD Arson Section for investigation. This is their normal protocol for this type of fire investigations.
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