Johnny Galecki, star of popular sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” was hit with a devastating loss this week after a wildfire ravaged the California town where he owned a ranch property.
The wildfire, which has since been dubbed the “Hill Fire,” burned more than 1,598 acres in San Luis Obispo County, causing evacuations on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Hill Fire ravaged the community of Santa Margarita, destroying at least four homes in its path — including Galecki’s ranch home.
#HillFire [update] east of Santa Margarita (San Luis Obispo County) is 1,200 acres and 40% contained. http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1588
Posted by CAL FIRE on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Luckily, the “Big Bang” actor wasn’t in the area at the time of the wildfire. But he was devastated by the effects of the blaze on the close-knit community. Galecki told CNN:
“It’s never the structures that create a community — it’s the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it’s that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it’s a time to reach out and rebuild.
“We’ve done it before and we’ll need to do it together again. And it will make our community even closer and stronger.”
Galecki emphasized that the first responders were to thank for keeping everyone safe from the wildfire, which started roughly 200 miles from Los Angeles:
“Endless thanks to CalFire and the Sheriff’s office. I know you guys are fighting the good fight to keep us safe. So very relieved no one has been hurt.”
And on Wednesday, the actor took his appreciation one step further and took the time to visit firefighters at the site of the wildfire. He posted this heartwarming photo on Instagram:
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Thank you to the brothers and sisters of @calfire It is the profound risks that you accept and the sacrifices you and your families make that keep us safe. Thanks also to the many of you who have reached out in support. It is far from lost on us here. #muchlove #movingforwardstronger
Galecki once again took the time to thank responders with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for their sacrifices.
And fans couldn’t help but admire the actor’s classy move. Some Instagram users wrote:Screenshot/Instagram Screenshot/Instagram Screenshot/Instagram
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s most recent update, the Hill Fire is now 95 percent contained, and all evacuation orders have been lifted.
There’s no word on whether Galecki was able to salvage any of his belongings in the home.