Rob Lowe

Actor Rob Lowe and his family have fled their California home as wildfires sweep through their Montecito neighborhood. The Hollywood star called into Oprah Winfrey’s television talk show yesterday to describe his dramatic escape from the blaze that threatens to destroy his house, and Oprah home too. The daytime queen has a mansion nearby too. Lowe said, "We got in the car, pulled out of the driveway and the entire mountain behind us was flames, 200 feet high, shooting into the air…This thing came on so fast, you just can’t believe it. "I’ve watched 12 or 13 homes burn to the ground. It’s so tragic. It was Armageddon." Winfrey added, "All our prayers are with all the folks and neighbors in Santa Barbara. Hope you’re well today. And those of you who lost your homes, our hearts go out to you." The Lowe and Winfrey properties are currently safe from the flames; but other celebrity neighbours Mike Douglas, Kevin Costner and Ellen DeGeneres are on standby to flee their homes in the Montecito and Santa Barbara areas, where more than 100 houses have burned to the ground.

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