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L.A. mansion once owned by Kerkorian, Stallone goes up in flames [Updated]

September 14, 2010 | 11:17 am

A fire broke out Tuesday in a Benedict Canyon mansion once owned by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and actor Sylvester Stallone.

[Updated at 12:25 p.m.: In the headline and text, a previous version of this post misspelled Kirk Kerkorian's last name as Krikorian.]

The fire was reported around 7:30 a.m. on the first floor of the sprawling, hilltop compound on Wanda Park Drive, near Benedict Canyon Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading onto the hillside areas, but damage to the 8,000-square-foot home itself is expected to be extensive.

"This is one of the most complicated firefights I've ever seen," said LAFD Capt. Steve Ruda, saying firefighters needed a mile of hose to get from the fire hydrant to the home.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. It took more than 100 firefighters more than 90 minutes to put out the blaze.

Fire officials were trying to figure out who currently owned the home, which appeared to be vacant. Officials, however, tried to salvage paintings and expensive furniture, Ruda said.

-- Andrew Blankstein