Ricki Lake's Malibu Home Engulfed in Flames

Ricki Lake accidently sets her rented home on fire

By John Adams
|  Saturday, Sep 18, 2010  |  Updated 4:09 PM PDT
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Actress Ricki Lake's Mailbu house caught fire early Saturday morning.

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Television star Ricki Lake, her two children and their dog all safely fled their beachfront house on Pacific Coast Highway as it burst into flames early Saturday morning.

The Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station said Lake was trying to refuel a portable heater when a couch caught fire. She and her two sons, ages 9 and 13, evacuated quickly and were standing outside the rented home when the first fire truck rolled up.

The home had flames shooting from the roof as the first firefighters arrived at 7:28 a.m. They ran hoses down from the highway onto the beach and sprayed water up into the structure's burning wooden piers, according to eyewitnesses.

Flames rose 30 feet on the air as the attic and roof burned, and firefighters used power tools to cut into gates at adjacent houses to protect them. The fire was declared, "knocked down" at 7:51 a.m.

Lake first rose to fame in the movie "Hairspray," and had roles in several movies before starting a syndicated daytime talk show. She ended that program in 2005 to spend time with her kids.

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