Actor Gerard Butler shares photo of Malibu home destroyed by California wildfire

PHOTO: Instagram/Gerard Butler

Hollywood action hero Gerard Butler is used to saving the day in movies such as 300, Olympus Has Fallen and Geostorm.

However, even he could not save his home from a fast-moving wildfire in Malibu, California, joining a list of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Guillermo del Toro who have been affected by the fire.

Butler, 48, said in an Instagram video on Sunday (Nov 11) that his home was "half-gone" amid footage of smoke rising from the debris, which included the burnt shell of a car.

The Scottish actor added that he had returned to his Malibu home after evacuating. "Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LosAngelesFireDepartment," wrote Butler.

The death toll from the wildfire has hit 29, matching that of the deadliest to hit California, a local sheriff said on Sunday. More than 100 people remain unaccounted for.

At least 26 dead in California's most destructive ever wildfire

  • Search teams scoured the carnage of California's most destructive ever wildfire for victims on Sunday, as the state-wide death toll rose to 26 with high winds hampering the effort to rescue property and save lives.
  • Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 110 kilometers an hour.
  • In fire zones north and south, acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible. On the ground, cars caught in the blaze were reduced to mangled metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames.
  • The largest inferno -- the so-called "Camp Fire" in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains -- has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.
  • At least 23 people have lost their lives in and around the community of 27,000, according to an official count by authorities.
  • At the southern end of the state, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.
  • Rescuers spent Saturday collecting bodies around Paradise and placing them in a black hearse. Charred body parts were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.
  • They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.
  • Evacuation orders have been issued to more than 250,000 people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee.

Actress Camille Grammer Meyer, who stars in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was another celebrity who lost her home to the fire.

"Sadly my house couldn't be saved," she wrote on Instagram along with a photo of what appears to be her home in flames. "The courageous firefighters were able to save my cars and personal items recovered from my home. I thanked the fire chief and his team of firemen for all of their hard work."

Other celebrities that were evacuated include Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge. Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Malibu home of Caitlyn Jenner was destroyed on Friday.

The city's population of 12,000 was evacuated on Friday as the Woolsey fire exploded overnight, reported Reuters.

Malibu and nearby Calabasas are home to hundreds of celebrities and entertainment executives who are drawn to the ocean views, rolling hills and large, isolated estates.

Current and former residents include Barbra Streisand, Cher, Tom Hanks, Judd Apatow and Britney Spears, according to Reuters.

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