The ongoing California fires are among the deadliest and most devastating in the state's history. A reported 31 people have been killed by the flames, and several people have lost their homes and properties in the destruction -- including actor Gerard Butler, as it was reported yesterday. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, however, have taken steps to assure their house remains safe from the ongoing devastation, as they have reportedly hired private firefighters to guard their $60 million house and keep out of harm's way. Here's what we know about Kim and Kanye's fire prevention methods.
While private firefighters are not particularly common, they are not unheard of. According to Entertainment Tonight, they are owned and operated by private companies, and they make up 4.3 percent of the firefighting community. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West were reported to be several miles away from the flames, and the celebrity couple was allegedly stationed in Kendall Jenner's house as these flames continued to soar into the air. Kendall Jenner was also allegedly in New York City at this time, and the model wasn't at her house as the California fires continued their devastation.
It's unclear how common private firefighters are. Given the high profile of both Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, however, it makes sense that they would have the financial resources to hire these trained professionals to report on the scene and alleviate the fires that threaten to burn their house to the ground. After all, a $60 million house don't come along every other day, so they have a lot of money on the line if it were to tragically burn down.
In addition to Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Robin Thicke have all lost their homes as well during to the ongoing California fires. Each of these celebrities has spoken publicly about the matter, either on social media or elsewhere. Many of them commemorate the hard work and dedication of the firefighters, as well as the state officials who are doing everything they can to keep these fires safe and to prevent more destruction from arising.
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West haven't spoken publicly about their use of private firefighters, but they are believed to be safe and out of harm's way, which is assuring. We hope the state of California is able to solve this ongoing problem as quickly and safely as possible as the fires continue to burn down several miles of properties.
It remains to be seen if if the Kardashians have any additional comments about the ongoing devastation in their area. We'll continue to keep you posted on the latest news in film, television, video games, pop culture and more right here at CinemaBlend.