Ricki Lake's house burns down

Sep 20, 2010 at 9:31 a.m. ET

Ricki Lake and her family are doing well after a sudden house fire ravished her Malibu home.

Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake felt the heat Saturday after her house burned to the ground.

Ricki Lake and her two sons, Sebastian and Owen, managed to dodge harm as they escaped a fire at their Malibu beach house. The family's beloved pooch was also saved from an untimely demise.

A rep for Ricki Lake told Entertainment Tonight the former talk show host was at her home with her sons and dog when the house, which is heavily wood-based, caught fire.

Allegedly, a 911 call was placed from inside Lake's home and LA County firemen came to the rescue.

So, what could have happened to make Ricki Lake's home light up like a torch? The story around the circuit is the 41-year-old star told authorities she was trying to refuel a portable heater when her couch caught fire.

Ricki Lake's kids were not harmed and are reportedly with their father, Lake's ex-husband Rob Sussman.