Lake’s House Burns Down

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September 19, 2010 | 9:55am EST

Actress and TV personality Ricki Lake has been left devastated after her Los Angeles home burned down in a freak fire.
The star, who appeared in the original 1988 Hairspray film, was refuelling a portable heater in the rental Malibu property on Saturday when her couch set alight and the flames spread across the house.

Lake was forced to flee the fire and managed to escape unharmed with her two sons and dogs. They are now staying with friends, reports celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

A spokesperson for the star has confirmed the devastating news, claiming Lake has “lost many personal items, but is grateful that everyone is OK”.