Nolte Flees $3M Malibu House Fire

Star suffers minor injuries
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2008 4:49 AM CDT
A Los Angeles County fire investigator holds an electrical outlet strip removed from the burned Malibu home of actor Nick Nolte.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Grizzled actor Nick Nolte escaped with minor injuries from a fire that gutted the living room of his Malibu home, reports Reuters. The 67-year-old star of Tropic Thunder suffered smoke inhalation and scrapes when he tried to douse the flames with water from a garden hose. Fire inspectors believe the blaze was triggered by an electrical problem. Damage is estimated at $3 million.    

"Nick Nolte was there with a water hose trying to extinguish the fire himself and of course we came to help him out," said a fire department spokesman. Nolte was was "grateful" to firefighters "for their quick response and assistance," his attorney said.