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Nixon Forced to Abandon Home Amidst Fire

Nov. 6, 1961 - Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon was working on his book, “Six Crises,” when he and a researcher noticed the flames of the disastrous Los Angeles fire near the Nixons’ rented Brentwood home. Mr. Nixon climbed on the roof and sprayed with a hose until flames crept within 200 yards and firemen ordered him to leave. He returned home later and recovered the manuscript of his book. The former Vice President said he also recovered clothes, records of his conversations with Soviet Premier Khrushchev, his dog Checkers, a couple of cats, and several valuables. The house, leased from producer Walter Lang, was saved, but one across the street was completely destroyed. Mr. Nixon said his family would spend the night at a downtown hotel.


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