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Ricki Lake Sued -- You Burned Down My Beach House!

6/11/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

What does Ricki Lake have in common with the Exxon Valdez? Each is responsible for a super-destructive, wildly expensive oil spill ... allegedly.

Ricki Lake Lawsuit

Lake is being sued for allegedly making a HUGE mistake with some flammable heating oil ... and causing the fire that burned down the Malibu beach house she was renting back in 2010.

According to the lawsuit filed by the owner of the home ...  Lake was refilling a portable space heater when she spilled the oil on the hot heating coils -- and the oil burst into flames. The fire quickly ripped through the entire property. 
Ricki Lake
In the lawsuit, filed Monday in L.A. County Superior Court, the owner, Hovsep Kousouyan, claims Lake spoke with emergency personnel who responded to the fire -- and she admitted the whole thing was her fault.

Kousouyan says his beach house was completely destroyed in the blaze -- and wants Lake to pay for all of the damages ... which could be in the millions.

Calls to Lake's rep have not been returned.


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76.

awebster    

How could the repairs cost millions? It's no more than a shack. The property is what costs a small fortune in Malibu, not wood, nails, and dry wall. Sounds like the owner is trying to make a profit off this unfortunate accident. Poop head.

1136 days ago
77.

lafraym    

Janet-

Renters insurance only covers the renter's belongings, does not cover the structure/building. The landlord should insure the structure himself.

1136 days ago
78.

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1135 days ago
79.

Edward    

Look at that place! SHE should sue him for getting her life in danger!All wood, no security at all. He should be able to oversee any problems in heating problems.Geez!!!that portable heater is a dangerous thing to have!!!

1060 days ago
80.

Kimberly    

I just saw Rikki on Oprah saying that the fire was caused by a candle that sparked and set the couch on fire. Not a heater.

1060 days ago
81.

Me    

It's all making sense to me now. She's on Dancing With The Stars to lose weight AND to collect some quick cash for the huge debt she'll have to pay the homeowner. Poor Chubsy!

1021 days ago
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Me    

Hopefully the lawsuit will help Riki learn self-control, especially when it comes to food. It's one thing to eat too much, but when you devour entire feasts it really can become a problem. Not to mention how unfair and rude it is to the other guests. I'm not at all surprised to find out that Riki also burns down houses. Eating too much, burning down houses...it's all the same really. The owner of the house might have insurance, but that doesn't mean Riki gets out off without penalty. She'll be paying a hefty (no pun intended) bill.

1021 days ago
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