Mika Hakkinen’s French villa has been destroyed by fire, local police reported earlier this morning. The Finnish double world champion had been relaxing at his luxury house with his partner and another friend. All three managed to escape the blaze, although apparently a dog perished while trapped inside the building. It is unknown if the local police meant Hakkinen’s partner to be his wife, Erja, as the two are currently seeking divorce, according to Finnish and German tabloids.
The home, set out over three floors and approximately 800-square-metres, is located in the picturesque village of Callian, just north of Lake Saint Cassien in the Provence region of France. Although the ground floor survived, the first and second floors have been destroyed. Fire investigators believe it to be an electrical fault that triggered the blaze, initiated by a display case housing many of Hakkinen’s trophies.