GLENDORA, California – As a wildfire engulfed a foothill town, a Filipino’s massive home is destroyed.
The historic Singer mansion, a designated landmark, was partially destroyed by Thursday’s Colby fire.
The mansion, which is now used as a Catholic Church retreat, is owned by Filipino Rey Parayno.
No one was reportedly hurt at the Singer mansion. But the residents have been displaced from the home, built by the heirs to the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
While parts of the hillside estate were charred, a statue of Jesus Christ outside the house was spared from the fire.
The Red Cross has confirmed that six of the residents are staying at nearby emergency shelter.
Parayno, a local real estate agent, could not be reached as of press time.
As of Friday, at least five homes were damaged by the blaze, which investigators believe was caused by a campfire.
So far, 3,700 people have been evacuated in surrounding areas and three were reported injured.
Meantime, California, the state with the largest number of Filipinos, is experiencing drought.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state today.
"We are facing perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen, since records began being kept about 100 years ago," Brown said.
According to the U.S. drought monitor’s latest figures, more than 60% of the state is considered to be in an extreme drought.
The governor urged Californians to try to conserve water, by cutting their use by at least 20%.