Fire Guts Actress Drew Barrymore’s House

From a Times Staff Writer

Actress Drew Barrymore and her fiance, comedian Tom Green, escaped an early-morning fire that gutted her 3,500-square-foot home in a canyon north of Beverly Hills.

The fire began at 3:25 a.m. and engulfed both stories of the home, causing about $700,000 in damage. The couple were uninjured.

“We’re great,” Barrymore told reporters at the scene.

“Other than the fact that the home burned down,” Green quipped as the couple left the Franklin Canyon property.


Their dog, Flossie, awoke the two about 3:30 a.m. when she barked and “literally banged on their bedroom door,” said Eddie Michaels, Barrymore’s spokesman.

“Flossie was really the main alert that there was a fire,” Michaels said.

It took about an hour for 55 firefighters in 11 engines to douse the flames, city Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said.

The Fire Department has begun an investigation into how the fire started.

Barrymore last starred in the movie “Charlie’s Angels.” Green is the host of a talk show on MTV.


Associated Press contributed to this report.