Holy inferno, Batman: Wayne Manor burns
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Stately Wayne Manor is no longer.
A Wednesday night fire gutted a Tudor style mansion that served as the home of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, in the 1960's "Batman" television series, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. It was being remodeled by the owners, she said.
"It was a fully engulfed inferno, for lack of a better term," Derderian said. TV footage showed flames leaping high into the night sky.
Sixty to 70 firefighters worked hard to prevent embers from igniting brush behind the home, which is in the city's Arroyo district, Derderian said. A police helicopter hovered above the site to search for flare-ups, she said.
"There's a very large brush area behind that residence," Derderian said. "It had the potential to turn into a very volatile event if any wind conditions were prevalent."
Fire crews from Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale and the city and county of Los Angeles were on scene, she said.
The home on South San Rafael Avenue was 16,000 square feet and sat on 5 acres of land, according to an article this week in the Los Angeles Times.
The home also was used for filming other TV shows and films including Dead Again
(1991), which starred Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, according to the Pasadena city website.
Several years ago, the house was the showcase for the city's annual upscale home tour, Derderian said.