The fire started just after 8 p.m. in a shed behind the house in the 2400 block of N. Laurel Canyon Blvd., which was once home to legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini.Over 100 firefighters responded while helicopters performed water drops.Crews say they were helped by the wind which pushed the flames into a small area of brush.The fire was fully contained in about an hour.
Fire in this area is no joke. In 1959 a massive brush fire destroyed the original mansion that stood on this property along with many homes. For a full history of Houdini's connection to the property check out this post.
Thanks to Mark Willoughby for the alert.
UPDATE: Below is some video of the action.