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For Malibu resident Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair, and for many, Nov. 9 was a day filled with worry.
Chilman-Blair was boarding a flight in New York — more than 2,500 miles from her home, husband and children — when she received word of the evacuation order for Point Dume.
While Chilman-Blair flew back to Los Angeles, her husband, Michael Frampton, and their boys — Ace, 7; Wolf, 3; and Reef, 2 — were able to leave their home with the help of the family’s nanny. Meanwhile, several employees of Medicine X, a medical startup of which Chilman-Blair is the founder, also were fleeing their homes.
“All the way on the flight home I was concerned about the staff and how everyone was faring,” Chilman-Blair said.
Though Chilman-Blair’s home was spared, two of her employees’ Malibu homes were destroyed by the fire — news that was delivered after another employee was able to return to Point Dume on Nov. 10 and provide video and photos of the damage.
“We thought that our house was gone so to go through that and to think that for 24 hours we’d lost everything and to get this report back from one of the employees ... it’s just such a roller coaster, it’s insane,” Chilman-Blair said.
With the evacuation orders still in place for Point Dume as the evening of Nov. 9 wore on, Chilman-Blair offered to pay for hotel rooms for displaced employees.
“It would be wrong of me to not want to take care of them as part of my family,” she said.
As of Nov. 14, five employees, as well as several of the employees’ pets and children, were staying in the hotel in LA, while other employees were staying with friends and family.
Some members of the team, unable to access Medicine X’s Malibu office on Pacific Coast Highway, have kept working, with some working from home and others from the hotel.
“We’re all kind of this crazy den of people, but it’s this great sense of kind of camaraderie to come together,” Chilman-Blair said.
Looking forward, Chilman-Blair said she also planned to open her home to the family of the employee who lost everything.
“We’re counting ourselves extremely lucky,” Chilman-Blair said.