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Add a Stradivarius Violin to Items Lost in Hollywood Hills Fire

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The owner estimates about $14 million while the Los Angeles Fire Department says $7 million was lost in a Hollywood Hills mansion fire that occurred Wednesday morning. It was initially reported that his art collection included works commission by Napoleon Bonaparte and a Faberge egg--now we find out that a Stradivarius violin was also lost, according to the owner, attorney Brian Witzer. However, his Ferarri collection was spared, despite earlier reports.

Witzer said he awoke to the sound of breaking glass and rushed upstairs expecting a burglary, instead found his home in flames. "It even sounded as if my 600-gallon fish tank was exploding, so we had a major problem. I went back down to the bedroom to make my 911 call, which was made within one-and-a-half minutes of the time that I was first woken up, because that was my first instinct: to call 911," he told the Daily News, complaining of the long response time. "They answered quickly, but there was a 30-minute response time here," Witzer continued. "It should only take five minutes to get here from Sunset."

The fire department asserts they arrived in less than 8 minutes.