Landlord Suing Ricki Lake for House Fire

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Last September, Ricki Lake, her two sons and their dog escaped a fire that took down the talk show host's Malibu rental home, but Lake couldn't outrun the lawsuit she is now facing from her landlord concerning the disaster.

According to Los Angeles court documents obtained by ET, Lake's landlord has filed a lawsuit on the basis that Lake allegedly caused the fire through her improper use of an oil candle and that she "failed or did not attempt to extinguish the fire."

The lease on Lake's Malibu home was to be $20,000 a month. The documents do not specify the amount of damages being sought after by the plaintiff.