** FILE ** Actor Martin Sheen arrives at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival's opening night premiere of "Talk to Me," in this June 21, 2007 file photo, in Los Angeles. Sheen will be honored by the University of Notre Dame with its Laetare Medal for his humanitarian work, the school announced Sunday March 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
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Actor, Dayton native Martin Sheen flees Malibu wildfire; says little chance home survived

Actor Martin Sheen, who grew up in Dayton and still visits the Gem City from time to time, was found safe after his son, Charlie Sheen, Tweeted that he couldn't reach his parents amid wildfires that are sweeping across parts of Southern California.

The LA Times and the Associated Press are reporting that Martin and his wife Janet were found and interviewed by a TV news crew on Malibu Beach after they fled from their nearby home.

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The TV crew, Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV, went searching for Martin after his son Charlie Tweeted Friday night that he “cannot get ahold of my parents.”

“If anyone has eyes on them, please let me know that they are safe and sound in the middle of this horrific scenario,” Charlie’s Tweet reads.


Martin Sheen told KTTV that he didn’t expect his house would survive the fire. He thanked KTTV’s reporter Hal Eisner for giving him the chance to make contact with his family.

“Emilio, Ramon, Renee, Charlie...we're fine. We're at Zuma Beach and will probably sleep in the car tonight. We're just fine and hope you guys are, too," Martin Sheen told Eisner.

The wildfire that pushed the Sheens from their home has burned 70,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 homes and forced the evacuation of 75,000 homes, impacting an estimated 265,000 people, according to KTTV’s report.

Martin Sheen occasionally returns to his hometown of Dayton to visit family.

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