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The Bel-Air fire of 1961 hit Hollywood's celebrity elite, spurred major changes in fire safety rules

The Bel-Air fire of 1961 hit Hollywood's celebrity elite, spurred major changes in fire safety rules

The brush fire that burned several homes in Bel-Air on Wednesday echoed back to one of Los Angeles’ most destructive fires, which hit the same neighborhood in 1961.

The Bel-Air fire ravaged Bel-Air and Brentwood over two days, destroying more than 500 homes — including those of some celebrities.

In a headline, Life magazine later called the fire “A Tragedy Trimmed in Mink” in a nod to the upscale neighborhoods it...

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