When vacationing at a beachfront home in Malibu, CA last year with her two sons, Ricki Lake accidentally set fire to the property by spilling oil in an attempt to refill a space heater. A year later Hovsep Kousouyan, the owner of the house, is suing Lake to cover the costs.
According to TMZ’s report, the lawsuit was filed early last week in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Kousouyan reportedly spoke with emergency responders who claim that Lake admitted the blaze was “her fault.” The report doesn’t specifically state just how much money Kousouyan is after, but TMZ’s report suggests that it could be in the millions.
When the incident occurred in September of last year, witnesses reportedly saw flames extending up 30 feet above the house. The fire took upwards of 20 minutes to extinguish, leaving behind only a burned “shell” of the former house (seen above).
Fortunately for Lake, her future doesn’t look too grim. She’s still hard at work on her upcoming TV show and she even has a memoir due out on bookshelves next spring.
Check out this video from ABC News on last year’s blaze.
via Pop Eater