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This week, Johnny Galecki's rural holiday home burned down in San Luis Obispo, California. The house was one of the several residences lost to a wildfire that swept through the area on Monday and Tuesday. In the aftermath of the disaster, Galecki took to social media to send kind words to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff for containing the wildfire. In spite of losing his home, Galecki was grateful for the support from the men and women who sacrificed to make the region safe. Check out the post here:
The picture of Johnny Galecki hugging the two CAL FIRE workers is heartening. He was there to check out the scene and perhaps collect any undamaged valuables in the wreckage. The actor, who plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory, added a caption with words of gratitude to the many people who have reached out to him to express sympathy in the time since the tragedy. In the comments section of the photo, Galecki's fans and followers on Instagram continued to chime in with heartfelt remarks, prayer-hands emojis, and hearts to send love to the television actor.
When news broke about the wildfire, about 250 residents of the Santa Margarita, California neighborhood evacuated by order of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. Although the firefighters contained the wildfire, it still managed to claim about 2.5-square miles of land. Johnny Galecki was not at his holiday home when the fire broke out, according to a statement from his representative. In fact, Galecki did not see the destruction until much later, as the fire officials did not lift the evacuation orders until Tuesday. So, before visiting the scene and meeting with the CAL FIRE workers, Galecki issued a statement of his own to say,
My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile.
Johnny Galecki insisted that the community would move forward together, a sentiment he reiterated with the lovely "#movingforwardstronger" hashtag in his Instagram post with the CAL FIRE workers. In the statement, the former Roseanne actor talked about reaching out to neighbors and rebuilding the community just like they had done in the past.
Johnny Galecki might have a long road ahead with his rebuild. It will be difficult, but at least he is secure in other ways. For example, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for two more seasons. Plus, Galecki has a new show in the works as well. So, he will be busier than ever at work, but also in San Luis Obispo.