- Associated Press - Saturday, September 18, 2010

MALIBU, CALIF. (AP) - Authorities say Ricki Lake’s beachfront rental home in Malibu has burned down.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say deputies answering a 911 call Saturday found the 41-year-old actress and talk show host, her two sons and their dog standing safely outside.

Firefighters put out the blaze in 20 minutes, but the home was destroyed.

Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Erickson tells the Los Angeles Times that a couch caught fire when Lake was refueling a portable heater.

The blaze shut down a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway for 90 minutes.

Lake starred in the movie “Hairspray” and later hosted a daytime talk show.

She has recently become an advocate for home birth, co-writing a book and producing a film on the subject.