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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2007, 11:56 GMT
In pictures: Malibu blaze

Blaze in Malibu

An inferno in California has engulfed several mansions in the exclusive seaside enclave of Malibu, dubbed the playground of the rich as many Hollywood celebrities own properties there.

Firefighters train water on a burning home as wind blows embers on Malibu Road

Some 300 firefighters were involved in efforts to contain the blaze which started on Monday.

Firefighters train water on a burning home on Malibu Road

No-one was reported to have been injured in the blaze.

Blaze in Malibu

A combination of strong winds and low humidity may have contributed to the fire.

Blaze in Malibu

Most constructions in the area are made of wood to resist earthquakes, not fires.

Smoke rises from a destroyed home, behind a burnt-out vehicle, on Malibu Road in Malibu

The fast-moving blaze was short-lived, ceasing after burning down everything in sight.

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