Rob Lowe: Flames were 'shooting 200 feet'

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">A Ventura City Fire Fighter sprays water to save a house at 370 Las Alturas Drive in Santa Barbara, Calif., Thursday Nov. 13, 2008. The house behind him was a complete loss. An explosive wildfire destroyed about 70 homes in the ritzy community of Montecito, south of Santa Barbara injuring four people and forced thousands to flee wind-whipped flames in the longtime hideaway for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe.</span></div>
November 14, 2008 12:32:24 PM PST
Rob Lowe says he and his children fled a wildfire raging in California with just minutes to spare. The 44-year-old actor said Friday in a telephone interview with local station KABC-TV that the entire mountain around his Montecito home was on fire and flames were shooting 200 feet in the air.

The actor says his home was ultimately spared, but as they left, the wind was blowing at 70 miles an hour and "it was just like Armageddon."

Lowe says he was watching football with his son Thursday night when his wife called to alert him. He says they didn't see any fire engines or police as they fled.