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Life Magazine dubbed the November 1961 Brentwood-Bel Air Fire "A Tragedy Trimmed in Mink." My father-in-law Woodrow was a fan of the Hollywood stars. Hearing that some stars' homes were destroyed in the Brentwood/Bel Air fire, he went up in the hills to see for himself. The L.A. Fire Department put out a documentary on fire called Design for Disaster. William Conrad narrated in the detective story style of the early 1960s. View full size.