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Fire burns Encino home of former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, neighbors say

March 10, 2011 |  2:57 pm

Click here to read more about Annette Funicello in the Times' Hollywood Star Walk. 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.

Cindy Harlem, a neighbor who saw the firetrucks approach, said she saw several residents watching from outside, including a woman who appeared to be Funicello in a rolling wheelchair or bed. Funicello, who is in her late 60s, has multiple sclerosis.

Authorities would not provide any information about the residents, but investigators were present to determine what caused the fire. No damage estimate was available.

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-- Howard Blume

Photo: Annette Funicello in 1996. Credit: Los Angeles Times

The Times' Hollywood Star Walk database puts readers on the sidewalks of Hollywood, using more than a century of archives to track the lives of the stars. Click through for more details.

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