On Saturday, October 20, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer married the love of her life, David C. Meyer, in a beautiful Hawaii ceremony. Just weeks later, she faced the unthinkable as the California fires took over her home.
“I went from one of the best days of my life, to such a tragedy,” she told People.
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Sadly my house couldn’t be saved. The courageous firefighters were able to save my cars and personal items recovered from my home. I thanked the fire chief and his team of firemen for all of their hard work. He took the time to explain what happened and I’m grateful for all of their hard work trying to save my home. Sad we lost our home but grateful that my family is safe. Luckily we quickly evacuated our house yesterday after a patrol car drove up the street announcing mandatory evacuations. I’m grateful for my lovely neighbors and friends who kept me informed and for their help this evening. 🙏 Thank you all for caring 💜 #woolseyfire #malibu. Special thanks to Fire Chief Rash and his brave team of firefighters. 🙏
On Friday, November 9, Grammer was packing for a trip as part of the Real Housewives show when she was informed that she needed to evacuate her home.
“The skies were blue in front of my house, but in the back of my house you could see the flames over the canyon. I called the producers and I told them I couldn’t come on the trip. And we just grabbed what we could.”
She quickly began packing her valuable items.
“I was taking stuff out from my luggage for the trip and replacing it with jeans, sweatpants, things I can use. I went to my safe and I grabbed jewelry, documents, birth certificates and passports. The bigger pieces of art we couldn’t take, but we grabbed an Andrew Wyeth painting. I also took some photographs that meant something to me — my great-aunt who passed away a couple years ago. I took pictures of my family. We packed as much as we could into three cars.”
Her 17-year-old daughter, Mason, told her that she had a bad feeling about what was going to happen.
“We were standing in the house before we left and Mason said to me, ‘Mom I get this feeling our house isn’t going to make it.’ And I said, ‘Honey, I hope it does, but I have the same feeling.’ We just thought, this is it,” she says. “I had a pit in my stomach.”
“As we were driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, it was gridlock. It took us hours,” she said. “It was like the apocalypse.”
Ultimately, she hasn’t returned to her home to assess the damage but knows it’s a loss. “Most everything is gone. We’ll see if there is anything to salvage. But we can’t get into the house because it’s dangerous.”
Camille says she’s grateful they got out in time.
“We’re just so grateful for our community, the people who offered their homes, clothes, everything. And I’m not worried about my material things at this point. It’s about the safety of my family and my friends,” she said. “Material things are just things. We can replace most of them. We can rebuild. And we can start anew. But people can’t be replaced.”