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Enormous Fire Rages in Southern California

Nov. 6, 1961 - The most destructive fire in Southern California history raged through the Hollywood Hills unchecked today. The blaze, fanned by high winds, destroyed at least 200 homes, fire officials said. The flames damaged and endangered hundreds of other homes, many valued above $100,000 and containing rare works of art. About 2,000 persons — including former Vice President Richard M. Nixon and motion-picture actors, actress, and executives — fled their homes. Gov. Edmund G. Brown declared Los Angeles County a disaster area. Homes destroyed included those of Burt Lancaster, Joe E. Brown, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Homes threatened or damaged included those of Cary Grant, Red Skelton, Kim Novak, Maureen O’Hara, Fred MacMurray, Ginger Rogers, Marlon Brando, Robert Stack, Steve Cochran, Bobby Darin, and Greer Garson.


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