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Fire-Torn Hollywood Hills Mansion Was Built Just Last Year

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Hollywood Hills mansion where six firefighters were injured fighting a blaze was built over the fall and was scheduled to be the location of the next season of a Heidi Klum-hosted reality TV show.

The 3-story, 13,000-square-foot mansion was built from the ground up between the end of summer and Christmas, neighbors told CBS 2/KCAL 9’s Randy Paige. The owner told Paige he just received clearance to move in.

One neighbor speculated on speed of the home’s construction and wondered if all the building codes were met. Los Angeles City Fire Chief Millage Peaks said the home’s construction will be part of the fire investigation.

Six firefighters were injured when a roof collapsed. One of those firefighters, a 38-year veteran of the department, had no heartbeat and was not breathing when he was cut free of the wreckage. That firefighter, who is expecting his first grandchild, is fighting for his life at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Neighbors said notices of filming were distributed throughout the neighborhood, notifying them that the next season of “Germany’s Next Top Model” would be shot at the home. Filming was scheduled to start Friday. The show featured supermodel Heidi Klum and 15 aspiring models, one of whom would be eliminated each week.

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