A wildfire on Monday destroyed at least five multimillion-dollar homes in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Los Angeles. It forced celebrities to escape in the middle of the night.
Among neighbourhoods under evacuation orders was the posh area of Brentwood. It is home to basketball superstar LeBron James, A-list Hollywood actors, wealthy producers, and media company executives.
A section on the west side of the city that became world famous in 1994 when former football star O. J. Simpson got accused of killing his ex-wife and a waiter there.
On the northern edge of Brentwood, a cluster of several multimillion-dollar homes got reduced to smouldering debris along a street festooned with Halloween decorations.
A fake bloody arm, part of the holiday decorations, had turned into melted plastic at one dwelling, and a giant skull replica remained in the front of another. Heavy smoke and ash filled the air as water-dropping helicopters and aeroplane tankers buzzed overhead.