"It was so hot, it was just so intense, you can't get near it. It's going to mean a temporary adjustment, but it's all just material. Everybody got out," he said, referring to his tenants who lived in the rental property. "You think of a campfire being like a fire, but it's not like that. . . it's so much more intense, you can't get near it."
Among the other structures gutted was a home along Malibu Road. Its owner, Barbara T. Lindemann, said the house, built in 1927, was once inhabited by workers who built the railroad down the California coast. She said she has owned the home for 45 years.
Andy Lyon, a Realtor who helps rent the home for Lindemann, said it was worth $12 million to $13 million, and had burned once before, when singer John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas lived there.
"I believe that it was the last standing one of the original Malibu cottages," said Lindemann, an attorney and expert in employment discrimination law. "It's a piece of Malibu history."