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L.A. attorney loses multimillion-dollar art collection in house fire

September 16, 2009 |  8:05 pm


A multimillion-dollar collection that included a Stradivarius violin, a Faberge egg and art originally commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte was lost when fire broke out Wednesday at the West Hollywood home of litigator Brian Witzer, according to a KTLA News report.

Witzer, who could not be reached immediately, told the television station that he estimates his losses at $14 million at the home in the 2000 block of Sunset Plaza Drive.

He said his collection of Ferraris was spared from the blaze, in which10 fire companies responded, along with water-dropping helicopters sent to ensure that the fire wouldn't spread to nearby brush.

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Firefighters at the burning home. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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My name is Norene Beaver and I am Director of a non-profit organization called Out of the Ashes. We created the organization out of the ashes of our second home fire. If anyone knows how to reach the family involved, please contact me via the email or phone numbers below. I have a 17 page hand out that can help the family with its recovery. It is full of ideas on how to save items and how to deal with insurance companies. All assistance offered free of charge.


Norene Beaver, Director
Out of the Ashes
(360) 509 0763

I am at a loss to understand why the home wasn't equipped with a fire suppression system. Anyone of normal intellignce that kept such a valuable collection of art would protect it just as a museum would. I suspect we'll see blame placed on another party in weeks to come and a hefty insurance claim that I hope will not be paid.


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