Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki’s house burned down Monday night as the result of a huge wildfire in a secluded region east of Santa Margarita.
The blaze torched 1,500 acres, 40 percent of which is now contained. Fire officials are not letting anyone near the area as of the report’s writing and have since closed off roads around where the fire is.
The house, according to TMZ, was the actor’s “getaway” ranch-style home that is located about 190 miles outside of Los Angeles. Galecki, who plays the role of Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in the CBS sitcom was not on the property when the fire broke. But he reportedly plans to return “when he gets the all clear … so he can salvage anything that was spared.”
The actor has not tweeted anything about the fire, nor has he posted anything on his Instagram account about the incident.
But he did give a statement to the publication, saying: “My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile.”
“It’s never the structures that create a community — it’s the people,” he went on. “And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it’s that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it’s a time to reach out and rebuild.”
The Big Bang Theory actor said they have done it before and will have to do it again, believing it will make their community even closer and stronger. He expressed his thanks to CalFire and the Sheriff’s Office for “fighting the good fight” for everyone’s safety. He said he is also relieved that no one has been hurt in the incident.
The Santa Maria house is just one of Johnny Galecki’s many properties. Heavy notes he bought Jason Statham’s home in Los Angeles for a whopping $9.2 million. He also owned one in Hollywood Hills which he sold last year for 25 percent above asking price.