‘Big Bang Theory’ Star’s House Burns Down in Huge California Fire
Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki's California home burned down Monday night (June 26) in a fire that officials say could still be a danger to nearby neighborhoods and homes.
Galecki‘s San Luis Obispo ranch was totally lost in the flames, which erupted about 200 miles outside of Los Angeles. The fire has been dubbed "The Hill Fire," according to People, and is the product of two concurrent fires that developed earlier in the day. The flames now span more than 1,500 acres, and 250 people have been evacuated from the area.
Galecki spent the weekend performing at Chicago’s Country LakeShake Festival and was not around when the fire broke out, but People adds he plans to return to the site of the fire as soon as he's able to collect whatever memorabilia he can salvage.
The fire broke out at about 3:30 PM on Monday, according to local station KSBY. The site adds that the fire was about 60 percent contained by Tuesday night.
"My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile," Galecki said in a statement to TMZ.
"It's never the structures that create a community — it's the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it's that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it's a time to reach out and rebuild."