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Neverland Thriller -- Fire Threatens Jacko's Home

8/25/2006 8:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was threatened by a wildfire Friday.

The blaze burned 40 acres on the ranch and came within a quarter of a mile of the main house. One hundred firefighters battled the blaze, with an assist from water-dropping choppers.

Jackson has been out of the country for months, setting up house in Bahrain. Jackson gave a number of employees pink slips last March, when he closed the house.

No word on the origin or cause of the fire.

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