The former home of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump was heavily damaged on Friday evening by a massive fire.
The fire broke out around 6:30PM in the exclusive gated Beverly Park community located in the Beverly Hills Post Office area.
First arriving firefighters forced entry through the ground’s gates to find moderate smoke pouring from the roof of the two-story French chateau-style mansion. Additional firefighters were immediately requested. Entry was again forced, this time into the 15,480 square-foot residence. Meanwhile, the well entrenched flames were rapidly spreading throughout the attic above.
Fire attack teams quickly deployed hand-lines in an effort to stop the spread throughout the interior, and were assisted by residential fire sprinklers. Simultaneously, roof teams aggressively cut holes on top of the structure to release super heated gases from below, as flames began burning through the roof allowing it to self ventilate.
Shortly thereafter, portions of the roof and the ceiling inside collapsed. Additional firefighters directed their efforts to protect contents inside the home from flame, heat, smoke and water damage.
Over 100 firefighters eventually were on scene to battle the blaze, from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Beverly Hills and possibly other agencies as well.
Dr. Paul Nassif, who is married to RHOBH star Adrienne Maloof, tweeted from their home across the street at the height of the fire.
“At home with the family and smelled smoke. The house across the street from us is on fire,” he said. “All of us here are OK!”
According to TMZ, some cast members of the reality show were evacuated from Adrienne Maloof’s home and production was halted. Nassif didn’t make any mention of the filming in his tweet, however. And it seems that at least cast member Kyle Richards was not present as she had a brief exchange with Nassif on Twitter to confirm it was Lisa’s old house.
The house belonged to Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd and was featured significantly in the first two seasons of the show. They sold the home several months ago for approximately $20 million.
Weho Daily reader Matt Bilinsky reported as news of the fire started to spread, “the lady whose house it is just left frantically from the Montage.”
By 7:52PM, the fire department had declared a “knockdown” on the fire, however personnel remained on the scene through the night.
“They had workers working and, it appears, that it may have been accidental as a result of some decking they may have been doing,” Los Angeles Fire Department deputy chief Mario Rueda said to CBS Los Angeles.
A later statement from the LAFD said an exterior waterproofing operation that utilized a torch by workers may have sparked the blaze. However, a thorough investigation by LAFD Arson Investigators will determine the exact cause. The dollar loss is estimated at $1.25 million ($1 million structure and $250,000 contents).
A Beverly Hills Firefighter was injured after a beam struck him in the head. He was rapidly treated and transported by LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics and taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition, according to the LAFD. No civilians were injured.
Vanderpump shared her thoughts after the fire and expressed her concern for the injured firefighter on twitter and with several reporters from her restaurant, Sur, here in West Hollywood.
“Yes sadly I heard…a lot of wonderful memories,including my daughters wedding…I am glad to have shared it with you.. ” she said on Twitter shortly after the fire.
Later she added, “Thank you for your concern,fire in these hills are always very worrying,fire department did an excellent job,hope the injured officers ok.”
Nassif also commented on Twitter saying the family was OK and thanking the police and fire personnel.
“Thanks for your concern everyone. It looks to have been just the interior of the house and the BHFD has gotten it under control. Thanks so much for your messages, the family is doing just fine. I want to especially thank the Los Angeles Fire Department who were incredible at controlling the fire before it could have gotten worse!”
“It has been a crazy couple of hours,” said Adrienne Maloof. “Luckily everyone is safe!”