The ongoing wildfires in California have thus far caused over 250,000 people to evacuate and led to the tragic deaths of nine people.
So the fate of the house in which The Bachelor films each season is very obviously a tiny deal by comparison.
But we’re a celebrity gossip website, of course, so our focus is on pop culture and entertainment-related topics at nearly all times.
With that in mind, we’re here to report that The Bachelor Mansion is reportedly on fire.
“There was no one at the house at the time it caught on fire,” a source told Us Weekly, adding:
“The part of the house that was used for the production offices has burned down … The whole back house is burned down and it traveled up to the backyard.”
This large Agoura Hills residence has served as the backdrop for ABC’s ‘The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since 2007.
On Friday afternoon, franchise creator Mike Fleiss and ABC reality chief Rob Mills jumped on Twitter to say that the house was in “grave danger” as the wildfires forced evacuations all across Malibu.
(We previously detailed how Kourtney and Kim Kardashian both drove far away to take cover .)
Posting a picture of a thicket of smoke rising from nearby hills earlier in the day, Fless wrote on his account:
“Pray for Malibu — and #TheBachelor Mansion.”
An insider who lives directly next to the mansion told the tabloid mentioned above that while the main house “will be saved” by firefighters, a second structure is “completely destroyed.”
However, Colton Underwood’s upcoming season will not look any different because shooting is already complete.
“Production is not using the house anymore,” a source confirms.
“Filming finished a couple weeks ago, and they have been traveling internationally finishing Colton’s season.”
The Woolsey wildfire has grown to over 14,000 acres since it started late this week, forcing evacuations of many in Hollywood and impacting filming locations across the devastated communities.
Caitlyn Jenner’s home in Malibu, for instance, has also been destroyed.
“I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment. It doesn’t seems like it is getting worse right now,” Tweeted Kim Kardashian yesterday, adding:
“I just pray the winds are in our favor. God is good. I’m just praying everyone is safe.”
Wrote director Guillero del Toro:
“Evacuated last night. Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains. Thousand Oaks and Agoura are still in danger. Malibu is being evacuated.”
Elsewhere, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson Tweeted that his house burned down in the blazes.
The fire also decimated Western Town at Paramount Ranch, an outdoor set where scenes from HBO’s Westworld were filmed.
We send our best wishes to all affected by this natural disaster.