Fire burns Encino home of former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, neighbors say
The Encino home of ailing actress Annette Funicello caught fire Thursday, sending three occupants to the hospital as a precaution.
Apparently no one suffered any fire-related injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was unclear if Funicello was among the occupants taken to the hospital.
Property records for the 3,600-square-foot house do not list Funicello as the owner, but neighbors told The Times and KCAL-TV Channel 9 news that the famous former Mouseketeer and teen heartthrob has lived there for years.
Video of the fire-damaged interior showed memorabilia, such as Funicello movie posters.
Firefighters who received the call at 7:21 a.m. found the home in the 3100-block of North Fond Drive substantially engulfed in flames, which they extinguished in less than 30 minutes, said Tina Haro, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department.
Authorities would not provide any information about the residents, but investigators were present to determine what caused the fire. No damage estimate was available.
-- Howard Blume
Photo: Annette Funicello in 1996. Credit: Los Angeles Times