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Fire destroys actress Ricki Lake's beachfront Malibu home

September 18, 2010 | 12:41 pm


The beachfront Malibu home that burned down Saturday morning was the rental home of actress and television talk show host Ricki Lake, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call from the home that the actress rents in the 18900 block of Pacific Coast Highway, just west of Topanga Canyon, about 7:30 a.m. and found Lake, her two sons, ages 9 and 13, and their dog standing safely outside the burning home.

"It appears that she was refueling some sort of portable heater when a couch caught fire and that set the whole house ablaze," said Lt. Rich Erickson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the home engulfed in flames, with fire coming out of the roof, said Michael Pittman, supervising fire dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes. The home was destroyed, sheriff's officials said.

Pacific Coast Highway was closed temporarily as firefighters battled the blaze.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: Fire inspectors examine the aftermath of a fire at Rikki Lake's rental home in Malibu.

Credit: Christina House / For The Times