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No fire damage reported at Getty Center

October 23, 2008 | 12:23 pm

Getty_fire_3 Today's early morning brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass came within approximately two miles of the Getty Center in Brentwood, but the museum is reporting no damage to grounds, buildings or the collection after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

The museum said in an e-mail message sent this morning: "We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the crew of Battalion 5 (Getty Center Building Protection Group) who were on site at the Getty Center immediately after the fire began, and to the L.A. City and County firefighters who fought the fire."

More than 400 firefighters worked for nearly eight hours to extinguish the blaze, which spread to 100 acres in the hills near the 405 Freeway and Getty Center Drive.

The fire was first reported shortly after 12 a.m. today.

The Getty Center will remain closed today to visitors and most staff, but will reopen Friday at 10 a.m. for business as usual, the museum said.

The Getty Villa near Malibu is unaffected by the fire.

-- David Ng

Photo: Firefighters wet down the burned area near the Getty Center this morning as traffic makes its way over the Sepulveda Pass on the 405 Freeway.

Photo: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press