The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 07, 2017,
Dec 07, 2017, 0:25
Real estate agents of the wealthy Los Angeles Bel-Air neighborhood were watching homes and blocks of streets they know well go up in flames from their living room TVs this morning.
"It's a very hard moment, but we will get through this", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.
"This has only just begun", said Terrazas.
ABC 7 reports that several homes on Moraga Drive are on fire. There is now a mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway, map is below.
Los Angeles Fire Dispatcher Margaret Stewart said the fire could grow with winds blowing at over 25 miles per hour. Reporter Christina Salvo says the smoke is so thick on Casiano Drive that "we couldn't see the flames. we were seeing firefighters on peoples' balconies with firehoses trying to drench the vegetation below". The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.
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Unconfirmed reports on social media indicated that people were running away from the scene and locking themselves in shops. But around 90 minutes after responding, police said there was no evidence of any shots, casualties or suspects.
The 210 Freeway has been shut down from Sunland Boulevard on the east to the 5 Freeway on the west, and the 118 Freeway interchange with the 210 is also closed amid the firefight. The evacuation order was later expanded, covering a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east.
The newspaper said evacuations have been ordered in the Sullivan and Mandeville canyon area.
About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center in Sylmar.
An image shows the scene on the morning commute for drivers in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.