Thomas Gottschalk: Villa set on fire by moderator in Malibu – strange discovery


Thomas Gottschalk's house in Malibu was burned during the great California fire. In the interview, the presenter talks about the dramatic moments.

Gottschalk villa completely destroyed – but the trees are still standing

November 13, 2018; Clock 19.45: Flames have been going on in parts of California for days. At the "Woolsey Fire" near Malibu, host village Thomas Gottschalk also burned completely. From the old property there remains only rubble, ashes and bricks. However, one thing leaves the viewer quite suspicious. Like this portrait reported, are in the vicinity of the destroyed green tree villa. In addition, the palm trees would have survived the heat of the flames and even the green lawns would be visible. The contrast in the photos, in portrait to be seen online, stands out.

So far, there is probably no conclusive explanation for undamaged green. With the water from the garden or lawn hoses, some owners probably would have fought the fire. For years, California has suffered from water shortages, but many homeowners have not given up on a crowded pool or green lawn, an expert told the paper.

Villa in Malibu burned down: Thomas Gottschalk talks about the hell of fire

November 13; 12:24 a.m. How do you react when your house becomes a robbery of flames? Two days ago, Thomas Gottschalk's 10-million-euro mansion was burned down in Malibu. The fire devoured works of art, Gottschalk's television prizes and his legendary and extravagant clothes from "Wetten, dass …?".

In an interview with the Bayern 1 radio station, the show's master already talked about the hell of the fire. But early in the interview, he emphasized, "I'd like to avoid going on a compassionate tour and suing everyone who holds a microphone for me. There's a greater misery in the world." More than 30 people were killed during the fires in California.

In fact, Thomas Gottschalk and his wife Thea had prepared for the emergency. But then everything was different. In the BR interview, the moderator says, "We had provided a caravan for those cases, but the car with the caravan trailer was simply not there. And then my wife got the car cheaper – as she is – because she likes it the most. And the rest is burned. "

At least Thea Gottschalk could save the family cats from the flames. Thomas says, "As it is at such times, you do not go to the safe and get the birth certificate." So you do not take Rilke out of the wall, she took the cats, cat food, and litter boxes. and my Rilke is burned. "

Gottschalk's wife, Thea, currently lives in the hotel. Strange coincidence: The mill burned exactly on the couple's wedding day. Thomas proves mood in disgrace in the interview BR: "I do not think this was a firework in my honor, but that was fair. Sometimes you're lucky in life, sometimes you're unlucky."

Thomas Gottschalk supposes that some people now worry about his unhappiness – but what he does not want to let pass: "Of course, according to everyone, if the idiot had built a house in Fürstenfeldbruck in the water, then he would not burn. it's true, it happens to him in Malibu.I also hear with certain stoic calm and say, "Alright." That's how it is.

Video: Fire Inferno in Malibu: Here burns the village of Thomas Gottschalk

Fires in California: at least 44 dead

7:15 am: At least 44 casualties must already be mourned by the devastating fires in California. Thousands of people have lost their belongings. Thomas Gottschalk is probably one of the most famous faces in the tragedy – even though he has "only" devastating property damage to claim. Just two days after the flames in his house, a village worth about 10 million euros, surpassed, now the extent of the destruction is visible. Although Gottschalk is still in Germany at the moment and his wife Thea is temporarily staying at the hotel, photos of the burned mill go around the world.

You can see the property burned on the ground, only stone walls can still be seen. From the only mill, only the stone pedestal can be seen. The rest of the property, mostly wood, was probably set on fire by a flying beak. Only the pool – still full of water – and some trees are left intact on the property. Even the garage slightly out of the way with its Rolls Royce and an antique car is almost pristine.

The artist himself is not at first interested in the remnants of his property: "The streets are closed, it is still burning, there is still no electricity, so I have no interest in seeing the ashes of my property."

Now 44 deaths from forest fires

6:25: The death toll from forest fires in California rose to at least 44. In the area around the town of Paradise in northern California, another 13 casualties were recovered, the Butte County Fire Department said Monday night (local time). That alone raised the number of victims to 42. In addition, two people were found dead in the coastal city of Malibu. This makes the worst fire in state history.

06.19 clock: Victims of devastating fires in the US state of California must obtain financial support from the federal government. This was decided by US President Donald Trump on Monday, as the White House announced last night (local time) in Washington. Among other things, people whose homes or businesses have burned can apply for federal financial aid – for example, to pay for temporary accommodation or repairs. The support should complement state aid at the state and local level, he said.

News from November 12, 2018: Forest fires in California

16:02: The property of Kim Kardashian also caught fire, the selfie icon was evacuated along with husband Kanye (41) and their three children North (5), Saint (2) and Chicago. "I pray the wind is good for us and that's right," she said on Twitter, worried that the 38-year-old has had a Botox charge, as the American media reports. They show just a few hours after this social media post on leaving the Epione Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills.

Thomas Gottschalk talks about the drama of fire: "There is greater misery in the world"

3:20 p.m. A day after it became known that the luxury villa of artist Thomas Gottschalk was the victim of the flames, the 68-year-old man now expressed himself in an interview. "Bavaria 1"So even though the entire estate has been burned, Gottschalk discovers: "There is a greater misery in the world." The news of the fire in the house flames, the artist learned during a performance when he was on the stage. However, the former host of "Wetten, dass …?" He does not want to travel back to the US at once, but initially wants to complete his nominations in Germany: "You can not go there, it's still burning, the streets are closed, there's no electricity, so I'm not interested in looking at the ashes of my property. "

Thea's wife was called by SMS from the fire department to escape. The 72-year-old barely had time to take important things out of the house. "In those moments, you do not go to the safe and take the birth certificate or the Rilke from the wall, she took the cats, the cat food and the sandboxes, that's just the craziness in that situation." As Thomas Gottschalk reported in the interview, the two were on a spontaneous flight, however, defined: "We provided for this moment a caravan, but the car for the caravan simply was not there." My wife took the car cheaper because she liked it The rest is gone. "

Ironically, on the wedding day, Thea Gottschalk was surprised by the flames. "I do not think it was a firework in my honor. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes you're unlucky." Although the artist apparently lost everything he could call his own, the 68-year-old actor interprets the situation with humor. "I know there are enough people who say that if the idiot had built a house in Fürstenfeldbruck near the water, he would not have burned.

Fire in California: tourists here can inform

13:03: Tourists in California can find out more about the currently furious forest fires in various places. The site provides information on the current situation, travelers can get information on air quality at Both sides also mentioned the Foreign Office in their travel advice. The California Transportation Authority Caltrans provides information about road closures and traffic obstructions at Visitors planning a trip to California may also inquire at the hotels booked and the regional tourism office.

12:01: Like tens of thousands of people in Southern California, Uschi Obermaier also ran away from the flames. "Today I am really very scared, because the fires are already close, and the Santa Ana winds reach up to 60 kilometers per hour," the Munich native said in a telephone interview with the German Press Agency. She usually lives in the hills of Topanga Canyon, east of Malibu. But the entire area was evacuated, the former model found shelter with her dog in a friend at a safe distance.

The 72-year-old woman is worried about her house on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains. She lived there for 15 years, in the midst of nature, but also "in the middle of a dangerous wind tunnel," says Obermaier, one of the most famous faces of the 1968 movement in Germany. She often experienced fire in the dry state. "But the fires have clearly worsened." After a trip, she returned home on Friday. Heavy clouds of smoke rose behind the canyon. "Your heart will fall to its knees," says Obermaier on Sunday (local time). The traffic lights were gone, no electricity in the house, no phone. She just turned around with her dog and some clothes, she says.

Clock 11.44: Even bestselling author Cornelia Funke left her farm in Malibu because of devastating fires in the state of California. Previously, she tried unsuccessfully to capture her two donkeys and the six ducks, wrote the 59-year-old singer on her homepage. A friend and his colleagues have been guarding the house and the barn since the weekend. "And of course they also saved my asses and ducks from the flames," reported Funke ("Inkheart", "Dragon Rider"). In 2005, she moved with her family from Hamburg to California.

Forest fires in California: countless celebrities affected

08.02 clock: Even the American singer Miley Cyrus (25) lost her home due to fires in the state of California. "My house is no longer standing, but the memories I shared with family and friends continue," he wrote on Monday morning on Twitter. Despite the material loss, she sees herself as "one of the lucky ones": "My animals and the LOVE OF MY LIFE have certainly come out and that's all that matters at the moment." The singer thanked the fire department and the police.

Cyrus' house contained the property of the moderator Thomas Gottschalk, who was also destroyed by the bush and the forest fire. The 68-year-old man sold his guest house to the singer two and a half years ago. Friend of Cyrus, the Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, 28, has a property very close to him. If it was also destroyed by the flames, it was not initially clear.

Clock 07.23: According to authorities, the number of deaths caused by forest fires in California has risen to 31. In the northern California town of Paradise, six other bodies were found, police said Sunday. Thus, the number of victims increased to 29 people. In addition, they remain 228 people missing, he said. The so-called "Camp Fire" killed at least as many people as the deadliest forest fire in California's history: in 1933, 29 people were killed in the fire at Griffith Park in the Los Angeles area.

More than 6,000 homes have been destroyed and conditions are still chaotic. Blocked roads and interference in the telephone network make it difficult to locate relatives. Nearly 150,000 people had to vacate their homes. In addition to Thomas Gottschalk, Hollywood star Gerard Butler lost his home. "After the evacuation back to my home," he wrote on the Instagram on Sunday. For this he published a photo showing from smoking rubble. To recognize it, they are remnants of a home construction and a car accident. It's a heartbreaking time for all of California, "said the actor.

Update, November 12, 2018, 7:20 AM: Tomas Gottschalk in the hell of personal flames

A day after the mansion of artist Thomas Gottschalk falls victim to the flames, more and more details come to light. So the house is noisy portraitcompletely destroyed. Thomas Gottschalk himself, who was in Munich at the time and organized a charity event for children with cancer, now commented on the great loss. "I can not say anything because I miss the words!" I had the poem "The Panther" in Rainer Maria Rilke's handwriting hanging on the wall, which caught fire, just like the staircase where my children are always in a rage, "says a 68-year-old journalist.

As the flames fought over the famous city of Malibu, wife Thea was invited to flee at home with an emergency text message from the authorities. "Thea ran away with 100 neighbors. She could only take our two cats," says Gottschalk. The 72-year-old man is now in a hotel, and Gottschalk himself will probably only see on Friday the full extent of the disaster: "Thea told me that now I should take care of my work in Germany," says Gottschalk.

Thomas Gottschalk commented on the fire in Malibu.

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However, the loss they have to endure will be irreplaceable. Due to the flames, the showmaster is not only likely to have missed countless awards, even his famous wardrobe of "Wetten, dass …?" It is likely to be lost. The Gottschalk family has lived on the property since 1998 in about 900 square meters of living space. In addition to a main house with pool and pond 19 rooms were equipped with doors of the "Orient Express" in the mill. One bathroom consisted of parts of Coco Chanel, some furniture of the Egyptian king Farouk.

Presenter Thomas Gottschalk tried to react humorously to the fire of his California estate. "Everyone knows my heart burns for Thea – but that our house is on fire for the wedding day does not have to be," Gottschalk said.

Video: Rubble and ash – This is how Thomas Gottschalk's villa stands after the fire

Update, November 11, 2018: At least 25 people died as a result of forest fires – California / Los Angeles:

Severe forest fires in California have wreaked havoc, officials said, killing at least 25 people. Authorities gave the death toll at 23 on Saturday night. On Sunday, two dead were found in a vehicle in a private garage in the area between Los Angeles and the famous city of Malibu. Thousands of buildings were burned down, hundreds of thousands of residents had to leave their homes.

Alone 19 dead in Paradise

In Paradise, the situation was particularly dramatic. There were 19 dead. The city of 27,000 people was caught on Thursday morning by the flames that spread rapidly through the "Fire Camp." In Paradise and its surroundings, thousands of buildings took fire, including a hospital, a gas station and several restaurants. More than 52,000 residents of the scenic area received evacuation orders.

"The whole bottom of Paradise is on fire," said Kevin Winstead, a resident of nearby Magalia, on KIEM TV. "No house will stop, I'm devastated." Winstead also feared his own new home, in which he really wanted to move in the next day.

Gottschalk's wife, Thea at the hotel: 3,200 firefighters fighting the flames

On Saturday, the fire had destroyed more than 40,000 hectares, according to firefighters, and was only dammed to 20%. 3,200 firefighters were on duty, three were injured. Plus, exceptionally violent fires towards the end of the season have spread in Southern California. Authorities have asked about 250,000 people north of Los Angeles and Ventura County to leave their homes.

As it became known, the villa of the artist Thomas Gottschalk (68) was victim of the flames. as "Image" reported, Gottschalk was at a charity event in Munich. Thea's wife (72), however, was on the spot, now she is in a hotel in Los Angeles.

Forest fires in California / Los Angeles: Gottschalk house has been repeatedly threatened by fires

Gottschalk is based in California since 1990, the last neighbor was the pop star Miley Cyrus. Gottschalk's house was repeatedly threatened by fires. In 2005, when he told Bild am Sonntag, while preparing for "Wetten, dass …?" In Germany, his wife Thea made arrangements for an emergency home in Los Angeles. But there are always two cars waiting at your home in Malibu. "These are our escape cars," Gottschalk said at the time.

Dana Schweiger is also worried about her house

Also Dana Schweiger (50), wife of action hero Til Schweiger (54), cares about her home. She posted a dramatic photo with the commentary "Our Hometown."

Forest fires in California / Los Angeles: The news of November 10, 2018: Several dead – even Gottschalk's home threatened?

A roll of fire destroyed his paradise: the inhabitants of the small town of Paradise in rural northern California were nothing but a gray-gray landscape, mourning the dead and worried about the disappeared. Almost the whole village caught fire.

The first record of the horror scene: nine charred corpses, more than 6,000 homes burned. From shops, churches and restaurants in the once idyllic place on the hillsides at the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, there are only burning ruins.

Even the Malibu surfers paradise in Southern California, and the nearby celebrity resorts have become hell. The notorious Santa Ana winds are causing fierce forest fires, causing tens of thousands of people to flee. Even before expensive homes behind high walls, the flames do not stop. Malibu was evacuated; The city near Los Angeles is known as the home of celebrities like Thomas Gottschalk and Barbra Streisand. Stars like Lady Gaga, Guillermo del Toro and Orlando Bloom took refuge in front of the roll of fire.

"This is my street two hours ago," wrote Bloom (41), the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star on the Instagram on Friday for a photo with a wall of orange flames just behind the houses. He prayed that everyone in Malibu would be safe.

He ran away last night, wrote Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (54) on Twitter. His home and his belongings may be in danger, but "the gift of life" remained with him. The director asked the residents to leave their homes.

"We're all safe, and that's the most important," wrote Kim Kardashian, 38, on Twitter. The flames had eaten to the edge of his estate in Hidden Hills, but now the danger was probably forbidden.

Scott Derrickson's (52) director of "Strange Doctor" was less fortunate. "We lost our home," he wrote on Twitter Friday, but he and his family escaped from "hell."

Kim Kardashian's property is also threatened by devastating forest fires in California.

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Forest fires in California / Los Angeles: 90,000 people are on the run

The chaos of the flame took about 90,000 people to fly in Southern California. The picturesque Pacific road was shrouded in dense smoke, on the coastal road occupied by miles of traffic. Dozens of houses were burned in the Malibu and Ventura County area, according to initial estimates, but initially there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

Even more dramatic is the catastrophic scene in northern "Golden State," where gale-force winds triggered the deadly rollercoaster on Thursday. On the escape of the place there were tragedies of Paradise. On the side of the road, burning cars are burnt with melted tires. At least nine people were killed here, four of them burned beyond recognition in their vehicles, three bodies were found in front of burned houses, firefighters said Saturday night.

Forest fires in California / Los Angeles: the place Paradise has become a flaming inferno

Paradise, a city of 27,000, is destroyed, Mayor Jody Jones said on Friday. About 80% of the buildings were burned. House broker Debbie Teter has little hope that her house will still be standing. "I'm not going to have a job anymore. My office is also on fire and who wants to buy houses here," said the 53-year-old San Francisco Chronicle.

With more than 6,000 homes destroyed, the so-called "Camp Fire" in Paradise is one of the worst forest fires in California's history. A year ago in October, several fires occurred north of San Francisco in the popular wine growing areas around Napa and Sonoma. The record: more than 40 dead, more than 5,700 buildings destroyed, an area larger than charred New York.

Burned cars are near Lake Malibou.

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The most intense fires usually occur in the fall months after a dry summer. But in the West Coast state, on the brink of drought, there is almost nothing clear. "Every day is a fire station somewhere in California," complains Ken Pimlott, head of the Cal Fire Fire Department.

For the inhabitants of Malibu, too, the conflagration is a déjà vu experience. The constant threat, especially when the Santa Ana winds blow, is the other side of the luxury that lives in the elegant city. In one of Malibu's worst fires in 1993, three people were killed. Nearly 300 homes were burned at that time, including the mansions of actors Sean Penn and Ali McGraw.

"I'm worried about my house, but I can not do anything," wrote American singer Cher on Twitter. "All my life, I've seen destruction by fire," said the 72-year-old star. Since 1972 she has a home in Malibu. "I can not stand the thought that Malibu would not exist anymore."


Two unknown guilty men burned a bar with a sentence of fire. There was a damage of 100,000 euros.



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