Ricki Lake house fire results in lawsuit

Jun 13, 2011 at 6:53 p.m. ET

Ricki Lake is being sued for a house fire that burned down a Malibu home she rented last September.


Ricki Lake, actress, talk show host and author, is taking on a new role this week: Defendant in a lawsuit.

Lake is being sued by Hovsep Kousayan, the owner of a Malibu home that nearly burned to the ground last September. Lake was renting the beach home when the accident occurred. Apparently, the fire started after Lake spilled oil while attempting to refill a space heater.

According to TMZ, Lake admitted she was responsible for the fire both on her call with 911 operators and to emergency personnel who responded to the fire.

Kousayan alleges that damages could be in the millions and he wants Lake to assume financial responsibility. In addition to allegedly telling emergency responders that it was all her fault, Ricki Lake is also heard on the 911 tape saying, "Mommy had a mistake. Mommy made a mistake!" while trying to calm her children down.

At the time of the fire, Lake was in the home with her two children and their dog. Everyone escaped unharmed, but the Malibu beach house was destroyed by the fire.

TMZ reported that L.A. County arson investigators ruled the house fire an accident, but that doesn't mean Kousayan doesn't want to collect damages. Obviously.

SheKnows.com is awaiting response from Lake's publicist. Regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, we're glad that Ricki Lake and her children were not harmed in the house fire.

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