• Short Summary

    GIANT BRUSHWOOD FIRES RAGED IN THE AREA SURROUNDING LOS ANGELES NOV 6 AND WERE STILL OUT OF CONTROL THE FOLLOWING DAY.

  • Description

    GIANT BRUSHWOOD FIRES RAGED IN THE AREA SURROUNDING LOS ANGELES NOV 6 AND WERE STILL OUT OF CONTROL THE FOLLOWING DAY. DAMAGE SO FAR IS ESTIMATED IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. A TOTAL OF 350 BUILDINGS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, CHURCHES AND LUXURY MANSIONS, HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. A NUMBER OF VALUABLE HOLLYWOOD HOMES BELONGING TO NOTED FILM STARS HAVE BEEN WRECKED.

    FIREMEN ORDERED COMPLETE EVACUATION OF SCHOOLS AND HOMES THROUGHOUT THE AREA. AMONG THOSE WHO HAD TO QUIT WAS FORMER US VICE-PRESIDENT NIXON... WHEN THE FIREMEN ARRIVED THEY FOUND HIM ON THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE, WATERING WITH A HOSE TO KEEP THE FLAMES AT BAY. ONE WOMAN MANAGED TO SALVAGE TWO VALUABLE PAINTINGS, BY VAN GOGH AND UTRILLO, BEFORE THE FLAMES SWALLOWED UP HER HOUSE.

    THE LAST TIME IT RAINED HERE WAS IN THE SPRING. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, SPARKS, CAUSED WHEN A BULLDOZER WORKING IN THE HILLS STRUCK A ROCK, STARTED IT ALL. EXTREMELY DRY DESERT WINDS SWEPT THE EQUALLY DRY LAND. FIRE OFFICIALS DESCRIBE IT AS A "MAJOR DISASTER", AND THERE ARE 600 MEN FIGHTING THE BLAZE WITH EVERY AVAILABLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT INCLUDING SOME FIRE APPLIANCES 30 YEARS OLD.

    SWIMMING POOLS OF WEALTHY HOLLYWOOD INHABITANTS ARE BEING USED AS EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLIES. AND IN A FURTHER EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE FLAMES, PLANES DROP CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS ON TO THE BURNING SCENE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA25LV5ZVMBPUKTIRL0WF680V57
    Media URN:
    VLVA25LV5ZVMBPUKTIRL0WF680V57
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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