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Actress Annette Funicello Hospitalized After House Fire

HealthDiseases and IllnessesAnnette FunicelloFrankie AvalonMultiple Sclerosis

ENCINO, Calif. -- Actress Annette Funicello is hospitalized after suffering smoke inhalation in an early-morning fire at her Encino home.

The fire was reported at 7:21 a.m. in the 3100 block of North Fond Drive.

The former Mouseketeer, her husband and Funicello's nurse were transported to the hospital.

All were said to be in good condition.

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to knock down the flames.

The fire caused extensive damage to the 3,600-square-foot home.

The 68-year old is best known for her years on "The Mickey Mouse Club," and later as Frankie Avalon's bikini-clad co-star in a series of beach movies in the 1960s.

Funicello is said to be in declining health since being diagnosed in the late 1980's with multiple sclerosis.

 

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