TV personality and chat show host Ricki Lake is counting her blessings after a house-fire devastated her home in Los Angeles on Saturday (18th September 2010). The star, who's had an extremely successful career in television, was refuelling a portable heater when her sofa caught ablaze and flames began spreading through the house.
However, despite the fact that the rented property in Malibu burned down, the 41-year-old and her family were unharmed, and her rep told People.com, "Ricki is very grateful that her family was unharmed. The fire happened very quickly and it was indeed a frightening experience. Right now she feels gratitude and blessings". Lake is keen to use the incident to help others act safely within their own homes, the rep said, "She urges everyone to get smoke detectors and fire extinguishers".
Lake's talk show, 'Ricki Lake' first debuted on September 13th 1993 and ended its first-run of episodes on May 25th 2004, however, the presenter signed on for an additional four years and the show continued. Despite the extension, the 41-year-old decided to end the show in August 2004, citing a desire to spend more time with her family.