$17m glass mansion reduced to rubble by California wildfire :-: Metro
One of the 5,700 homes destroyed by wildfire in California is a $17 million glass mansion.
The hexagon-shaped building say atop a hill in San Francisco Bay and boasted panoramic views.
Footage taken from a Solano County Sheriff’s Office helicopter shows the place completely gutted after immense infernos swept across the state.
Cathy and Jesse Marion are the owners. They live in Texas and have said they intend to rebuild.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the death toll remains at 41.
Authorities say roughly 34,000 people remain evacuated from wildfires in Northern California.
A number of firefighters have been taken to hospital.
There’s no official word yet as to what caused it, but evidence points to fallen power lines in Sonoma County.
Firefighters were called to at least ten different locations over a 90-minute period last Sunday night to respond to numerous emergency calls including reports of power lines which had crashed to the ground in high winds and were sparking.
Some fingers are being pointed at utility provider PG&E, and its ability to maintain power lines has been called into question.
But a spokesperson told Mercury News: ‘The historic wind event that swept across PG&E service area late Sunday and early Monday packed hurricane-strength winds in excess of 75 mph in some cases.
‘These destructive winds, along with millions of trees weakened by years of drought and recent renewed vegetation growth from winter storms, all contributed to some trees, branches and debris impacting our electric lines across the North Bay.
‘In some cases, we have found instances of wires down, broken poles and impacted infrastructure. Where those have occurred, we have reported them to the CPUC and CalFire. Our thoughts are with all those individuals who were impacted by these devastating wildfires.’Let's