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UPDATE: Fire Damages Annette Funicello's House in Encino

Three people treated for smoke inhalation following blaze at former Disney Mouseketeer's home.

Updated at 1:45 p.m.

A fire damaged actress Annette Funicello's house in Encino Thursday morning and three people were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation in good condition, according to City News Service.

Funicello's ex-husband, Jack Gilardi, told the Associated Press that the 68-year-old actress was at home with her current husband and a nurse.

Gilardi said they were exposed to smoke but will recover.

The former Disney Mouseketeer has been in declining health with multiple sclerosis, according to City News Service.

Forty-five firefighters were sent to 3100 block of N. Fond Dr. at 7:21 a.m., and put out the fire in 24 minutes, Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

LAFD Capt. Tina Haro said arson investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire. An estimate of the damage to the approximately 3,600-square-foot home was not immediately available, according to CNS.

"Right now, we're standing by before we start doing overhaul operations where we try to secure people's belongings that are still salvageable—pictures and memorabilia and stuff that would be important to them,'' Haro told TV station KCAL.

Watch the attached video for an interview with Funicello's neighbor, Megan Foster.


City News Service contributed to this report.

Marty Cooper March 11, 2011 at 02:35 PM
It is common journalistic practice not to divulge the exact address of celebrities, for all the obvious reasons relating to harassment, safety, and others. I was disappointed to see that Patch included Annette Funicello's home address in its story. It is appropirate to suggest that you review your policy in this area. -Marty Cooper
Dick Carter March 11, 2011 at 03:53 PM
It could still be deleted if any Patch personnel are reading these comments, but that has not yet been the case. Hopefully, it will be soon.
Lauren Rosenblum March 11, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Marty, Dick, I am always monitoring the site and reading the comments when I am online. Your voices have been heard and it has been edited. Thank you for sharing your concerns, Lauren
Marty Cooper March 12, 2011 at 02:26 PM
...and Lauren, it's nice to have a media outlet that actually responds to its readers/viewers. -marty
Lauren Rosenblum March 12, 2011 at 03:43 PM
That's what we're here for. Hope you're doing well, Marty. Have a great weekend.
Marti Seidel March 12, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Maybe you would like to know that Annette's husband, Glen Holt, who has been married to Annette since 1986 was and is her caregiver and life saver in this case. He was awakened by the nurse who helped him get Annie in her wheelchair and out the sliding glass door in their bedroom. How do I know this? Glen is my brother. Marti
Lauren Rosenblum March 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Thank you for letting us know, Marti. I'm glad Annette, Glen and the nurse made it out safe and sound!
Kathleen March 16, 2011 at 03:06 PM
As if Annette hasn't had enough to endure. God bless her and the family through this. Just another burden she will carry with the dignity and grace that we all know to be the Annette we grew up with and adored.
john e switzer March 16, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Good to here she's safe; we had a fire next door yesterday. You have to always be careful and check everything to make sure they're working as they should. We had same result: damage to the house but people and animals safe. God Bless!
christine munson March 21, 2011 at 04:20 AM
LOVE YOU ANNETTE , GLEN THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT CARE ALL THESE YEARS. HOPE ALL GO WELL. HAD THE SAME HAPPEN TO ME 2009 GOT MY HUSBAND OUT IN TIME . GOD KEEP YOU BOTH SAFE. CHRISTINE FROM CHICAGO.
sm March 21, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Why no photos of Annette.
Lauren Rosenblum March 21, 2011 at 07:12 AM
There's a photo of Annette from her Mouseketeer days in our photo gallery. We don't have any recent shots, though.
sm March 31, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Why no Paparazzi in Encino. Surely everyone is not frightened of Glen Holt. He seems to rule Annettes life and also the media. The only person to tell the truth is Jack Gilardi.
Grandma October 14, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Thank G-d we had Annette as a role model when I was a teenager. She has always been a beautiful person in every way. Love You Always Annette, Granny
UNKNOWN SINGER September 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Thank You! UNKNOWN SINGER - "US"
UNKNOWN SINGER September 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Thank You! UNKNOWN SINGER - "US" encino
UNKNOWN SINGER November 19, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"GOD BLESS YOU MRS. FUNICELLO" Glad you are safe. I am praying for your health!! Glad eveyone else is also safe! -unknown singer
Judith E. Avery March 27, 2013 at 04:36 AM
There is no place where the will of God will go that the Grace of God cannot follow! Annette, I have admired you for years! You have fought the good fight! Judith Avery,RN

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