September 20th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
Ricki Lake and her sons escaped tragedy after the actress's Malibu rental home burned to the ground over the weekend.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call from Lake's home at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 and arrived to find the former talk show host, 41, standing safely outside along with her sons Owen, 9, and Sebastian, 13, as well as their dog.
The wooden home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, reports the Times. After 20 minutes, the fire was extinguished, but the house was completely destroyed.
As for what might have caused the fire, Lt. Rich Erickson of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department's Malibu/Lost Hills station told the paper, "It appears that she was refueling some sort of portable heater when a couch caught fire and that set the whole house ablaze."
"Thank you everyone for your concern and well wishes," Lake tweeted hours after the incident. "My sons, beloved dog, and I are safe and very grateful. Xoxor."
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