Galecki, 42, who plays nerdy experimental
physicist Leonard Hofstadter in the hit TV comedy series, was
not at home on Monday when the brush fire consumed his ranch in
countryside near San Luis Obispo in central California.
The fast-moving fire scorched some 1,600 acres (650 hectares)
and forced about 250 people to evacuate their homes. Three
structures were destroyed, San Luis Obispo fire officials said
"My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing
loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with
constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because
living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile,"
Galecki said in a statement.
"So very relieved no one has been hurt," he added.
Galecki, who is among the highest-paid stars on television,
thanked fire fighters, praised the local community and said that
he planned to rebuild. "We've done it before and we will need to
do it together again, " he said.
California's hot dry summer season leaves the state subject to
thousands of wildfires in rural areas every year, prompting
debate over the encroachment of homes deeper into hilly
fire-prone areas and how to protect them.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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