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Blaze Hits Home of Barbara Stanwyck

June 22, 1985

Barbara Stanwyck, star of such films as "Stella Dallas" and "Double Indemnity" as well as the television series "The Big Valley," escaped injury Friday afternoon in a fire that caused damage of $1.5 million to her Trousdale Estates home.

Stanwyck said she was alerted by the alarm in her house on Loma Vista Drive at about 3:40 p.m.

Standing outside, as more than 30 Los Angeles firefighters battled the blaze, Stanwyck remarked wryly: "I've been in things like this before, but I always got paid for it."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday June 25, 1985 Home Edition Part 1 Page 2 Column 1 Metro Desk 2 inches; 51 words Type of Material: Correction
In Saturday's editions of The Times, a caption accompanying photos of the Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp incorrectly identified former Los Angeles Raiders football player Cal Peterson. Also in a story about a fire at actress Barbara Stanwyck's Trousdale Estates home, the firemen should have been identified as working for the Beverly Hills Fire Department.

Lynn Bloom, a resident of the area where many of Hollywood's film and television stars reside, described the smoke as "very heavy" and said flames were "burning brightly."

Fire Department dispatcher Kathy Baker said the fire was controlled shortly before 5 p.m. and doused about 20 minutes later.

Fire officials said the blaze resulted in $1.5 million damage to the actress' 9,000-square-foot home. The cause of the fire, which apparently started in the roof, was under investigation.

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