Remodel may have caused fire Friday at "RHOBH" Lisa Vanderpump's former home. SOURCE: NBC 4.

The mansion at 50 Beverly Park Way was once a glamorous part of the popular reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but former owner Lisa Vanderpump could never have imagined that less than a year after selling the mansion  it would come under such heavy fire … literally.

In fact, there was no mistaking the magnitude of the monster fire that shot flames and smoke into the air over Beverly Hills last Friday. By the time the Los Angeles Fire Department issued its alert via Twitter at 7:37 p.m., there were more than 100 firefighters on the scene.

By the time the fire was under control, Vanderpump’s former luxe home’s interior was heavily damaged,and one LAFD firefighter had been injured  — a blow to the British former model who owns and operates two dozen LA-area restaurants with her husband, Ken Todd.

Vanderpump also took to Twitter to express gratitude for people’s concern and to relay her appreciation to the LAFD.  “This morning I spoke to @LAFD the firefighter is fine and at home, remember, possessions and homes can be replaced, people can’t :)”

Vanderpump and her husband sold their famous home in September 2011 for $18.8 million. The 15,480-square-foot home features 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, pool, tennis court and landscaped gardens on 2-plus acres. The home was built in 1996, and Vanderpump and Todd bought the place in 2004 for $14 million.

According to reports, fellow “RHOBH” co-star Adrienne Maloof and her husband, Paul Nassif, were at their home across the street when the fire broke out. Nassif tweeted that the family could smell smoke but were unharmed during the blaze.

According to a LAFD spokesman, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Here’s the house as it was during its “Real Housewives” days.







About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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