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Hollywood Hills Fire Destroys "Priceless" Art Collection

Firefighters save Ferrari collection



    Firefighters knocked down a fire Wednesday morning at a Hollywood Hills mansion and prevented the blaze from damaging nearby homes.

    The blaze at a multi-story home about one mile north of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood was reported at 6:32 a.m.

    The homeowner, attorney Brian Witzer, said he had a "priceless" collection of art in the home. The collection included a work by American portraitist Gilbert Stuart.

    "The loss is incomprehensible," Witzer told KTLA. "It's a major collection of art. Much of it would be expected to end up in a museum. It's a priceless loss."

    Other items lost in the blaze include a Faberge egg, a 600-gallon fish tank and a Stradivarius violin, Witzer said.

    Witzer said his Ferrari collection did not appear damaged.

    Firefighters, including a crew in a ladder truck, had to navigate narrow and winding roads to reach the fire. Once there, they surrounded the house and doused it with water from the ground and from the structure's roof.

    The home is in the 2000 block of Sunset Plaza Drive.

    No injuries were reported.