Actor Charlie Sheen pleaded on social media for help finding his parents on Friday night among the 200,000 people fleeing the devastating Woolsey fire. Hours later, Martin and Janet Sheen were found safe on a Malibu beach by a local news crew.
“I cannot get ahold of my parents,” Charlie tweeted as the Woolsey fire raged from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, packing Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding areas with panicked evacuees. “If anyone has eyes on them, please let me know that they are safe and sound in the middle of this horrific scenario.”
A KTTV-TV news crew found the West Wing actor on the beach where many local evacuees had gathered. Many had trouble contacting loved ones due to poor cellphone reception.
“We evacuated early this morning from Point Dume around 9:30, and we’ve been here ever since,” Martin told the station. He also relayed an on-air message to his family: “Emilio, Ramon, Renee, Charlie, we’re fine, we’re at Zuma Beach and we’re probably going to sleep in the car tonight,” he said.
The Sheens have called Malibu home for more than 40 years.
“There’s little chance that our house survived,” said Sheen. “But we haven’t lost any lives, so we’ve got that to be grateful for.”
As raging fires consumed more than 70,000 acres and swept across Southern California communities including Malibu, Calabasas and Thousand Oaks, more than 250,000 homes were evacuated affecting hundreds of thousands of residents.
“At least 100” structures have been destroyed by the Woolsey fire, LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. As of Saturday morning, at least two people have died, according to officials.
Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Rainn Wilson, and Guillermo del Toro fled the fires along with hundreds of thousands of fellow Southern Californians, leaving their homes behind.
“Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains,” del Toro Tweeted on Friday, referring to the home whose vast collection of monsters and oddities inspired its own LACMA exhibit in 2016.
Caitlin Jenner and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson were among those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the fire, which also burned down the historic Western Town set at Paramount Ranch featured on HBO’s Westworld.
“We lost our home, but we are all safe,” Derrickson tweeted early Friday morning, “and that’s the important thing.”