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Mouseketeer Annette Funicello’s L.A. home burns

- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello has suffered smoke inhalation from a fire that badly damaged her Los Angeles home, but her former husband said she wasn't seriously injured.

The blaze Thursday in Encino was doused in less than a half-hour.

Fire spokesman Erik Scott says two women — one of them in a wheelchair — and a man were hospitalized for possible smoke inhalation and are in good condition.

Their names weren't released, but Miss Funicello's ex-husband, Jack Gilardi, said the 68-year-old actress was at home with her current husband and a nurse. Miss Funicello has multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Gilardi said they were exposed to smoke but will recover.

Miss Funicello was a Mouseketeer on TV's "Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s and had a singing and acting career that included a series of beach movies.

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