“Big Bang Theory” actor Johnny Galecki’s home in San Luis Obispo, California, was destroyed in a large fire on Monday.
His ranch, located some 190 miles from Los Angeles, was burned to the ground by the Hill Fire that’s been ravaging California’s central coast area.
TMZ reported that the ranch was Galecki’s “getaway place.”
Galecki has played Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the ultra-popular “The Big Bang Theory” since 2007.
“My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile,” Galecki told TMZ, referring to other homes that were lost in the wildfire.
Some 250 residents were told to leave their homes due to the wildfire, according to local media reports.
“Endless thanks to CalFire and the Sheriff’s Office,” Galecki told TMZ. “I know you guys are fighting the good fight to keep us safe. So very relieved no one has been hurt.”
According to the California fire service (CAL FIRE), the rapidly-moving Hill Fire is about 60 percent contained and has burned nearly 1,600 acres. CAL FIRE’s website says, “Effective June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., CAL FIRE and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff will be lifting the evacuation orders for all residents and homes in the area effected by the Hill Fire. Nonresidents will continue to be restricted from the fire area.”
Galecki is also known for his early role from 1992-1997 in sitcom “Rosanne,” as well as the 1989 film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1997 and a number of other films.
Galecki, as well as “Big Bang” co-stars Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons, is among the highest-paid TV actors.