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Ricki Lake sued for house fire

June 14, 2011 Ricki Lake

Los Angeles, CA, United States (Celebrity News Service) - Though Ricki Lake should be happy she and her family escaped her Malibu house fire unscathed, she's not leaving it without feeling the heat from some legal repercussions. She's being sued by the property's landlord.

Lake, 42, was living in a $20,000-a-month Malibu rental house last fall when it caught fire. The landlord says the former talk show host was responsible for the blaze and filed a lawsuit last week in an L.A. court.

The lawsuit claims that Lake negligently set it herself by failing to refill the oil in a portable space heater properly.

"[Lake] caused the oil to spill which was ignited by the hot heating coils which [Lake] had not allowed to cool," reads the lawsuit. "The flaming oil quickly caught hold and began to burn items inside the property. [Lake] failed or did not attempt to extinguish the fire."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

After the fire, Lake said she felt "gratitude and blessings" that no one was hurt, although she lost many of her possessions. She also urged everyone to get smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

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