Celebrity chef Rachael Ray and family safe after house fire

Rachael Ray has expressed her gratitude for her family’s safety and for the firefighters and first responders who helped put out a fire that engulfed her house over the weekend.

On Sunday, a fire began at the upstate New York home of the celebrity chef and her husband John Cusimano.

A representative for Ray later confirmed that she, her husband and the couple’s dog were safe, but that damage to the house had not yet been fully assessed.

On Monday, the cooking showhost addressed the fire on twitter, writing: “Thank you to our local first responders for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home”.

“Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog… we’re all okay. These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost.”

In a follow-up tweet, Ray said she lost her phone in the fire, explaining that she was using a team member’s phone to share the update, but that she was grateful for all the well-wishes and support.

“Thank you for all the well wishes, concern and outreach, but can’t return texts and calls at the moment…!” the 51-year-old wrote.

According to Brian LaFleure, Warren County director of emergency services and fire coordinator, the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

“Everyone was able to get out safely,” LaFleure told CNN. “There were no injuries, which was good. Right now, we’re in the process of determining what the cause may be. It’s nothing suspicious, but we’re looking to determine what the cause was.”

Ray, who has been live-streaming cooking sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic, previously revealed that she had designed the house, located in Lake Luzerne.

“I drew this house on a piece of paper and decorated it before it was ever built,” Ray said in an April video showing fans an inside look at the home’s kitchen.


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