According to news reports, the Malibu home owned by Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel were among the four Malibu Road beach mansions that burned to the ground last night in that wind-whipped fire. Victoria Principal’s house was threatened so she spent the evening hosing it down. Bad luck for TV actresses who springboarded to fame late 1970s / early 1980s and then transitioned into home shopping and infomercial hawkers. But Somers’ statement was a classic for the ages: “My nature is to look at the glass half full. I don’t have a son or daughter in Iraq. I haven’t lost a loved one. We will rebuild, and I truly believe we will learn something great from this experience.” The celebrity hero of the evening was apparently John Cusack. According to Fox News’ interviews with neighbors, Cusack was seen, hose in hand, fighting the flames alongside firefighters until about 11 p.m. last night. Huge flames burned for three hours last night along the beaches of Malibu tonight over 20 acres where Pacific Coast Highway meets Malibu Canyon Road and down to old Malibu Road. They started as a small and simple brush fire on a bluff around 5 p.m. less than a mile from the school, then grew and leaped across PCH, and went right for the $2 million plus beach mansions which got the worst of it. The flames were contained by 8 p.m. In all, 4 seaside homes and a guest house were reduced to embers, and 4 other homes were damaged. Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, Malibu real estate prices have been in a year-long slide.
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