Malibu fire destroys actress Suzanne Somers' home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The oceanfront home of “Three’s Company” star Suzanne Somers was destroyed in a fast-moving fire that also gutted three other houses in the exclusive seaside community, the actress said on Tuesday.

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The wind-whipped fire broke out on Monday evening close to Pacific Coast Highway and quickly overran a strip of multimillion-dollar homes, burning four to the ground and damaging four others.

“There’s not a death in the family,” Somers told reporters as she visited the charred remains of her estate on Tuesday.

“We’ll rebuild and I really think we’ll learn something great from this,” she said. “What else can you do with tragedy but look for the opportunity to grow? It was a beautiful house. It was a beautiful place to live.”

Fire investigators said they were trying to determine how the fast-moving blaze started.

“Our investigators are out there right now,” Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ed Lozano said. “As far as I know there hasn’t been a point of origin established.”

Lozano said it was too early to determine if the fire had been deliberately set, adding “that’s what they are working on right now.”

One resident, who was not identified by fire officials, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and was listed in good condition.

Some residents were forced to evacuate ahead of the flames, which charred about 20 acres before the blaze was fully doused by firefighters aided by water-dropping aircraft.

Malibu is home to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Mel Gibson, Pamela Anderson and Barbra Streisand.

Somers, 60, shot to fame in the 1970s playing lovable ditz Chrissy Snow on the hit sitcom “Three’s Company.” In recent years she has become better known her endorsement of various fitness products.