Johnny Galecki’s vacation home burned down on Monday night as a result of a fire in San Luis Obispo, California, a rep for the actor confirmed to ET Canada.
“The Big Bang Theory” star’s ranch was burned to the ground in a 1,200-acre fire. The home is 190 miles outside of Los Angeles and the actor isn’t able to go back to it as the road is closed until otherwise.
On Thursday, Galecki took to Instagram to thank the Cal Fire firefighters for their work and to fans who have reached out to the actor with words of support.
“Thank you to the brothers and sisters of @calfire It is the profound risks that you accept and the sacrifices you and your families make that keep us safe,” he writes. “Thanks also to the many of you who have reached out in support. It is far from lost on us here.”
In a statement given to ET Canada by his rep, Galecki said that his heart goes out to all of those impacted by the fire.
“My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile,” the actor said. Nearly 250 people were evacuated from the area on Monday night.
For Galecki, the area was a great community and is hoping he and others will be able to help rebuild it once the fire has cleared.
“It’s never the structures that create a community—it’s the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it’s that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it’s a time to reach out and rebuild,” he continued.
He went on to thank CalFire and the Sheriff’s Office and is relieved no one has was hurt. “We’ve done it before, and will need to do it together again, and it will make our community even closer and stronger,” he said.