Rachael Ray is sharing never-seen-before footage of the fire that destroyed her home.
The chef and television host spoke about the horrific blaze that burned through her upstate New York house, as season 15 of “The Rachael Ray Show” premiered on Global on Monday.
This is what’s left of our house, today. Sharing our story + what we’ve learned in a very unusual @rachaelrayshow premiere. Thank you to all our first responders, viewers + friends for their unending support. We are very grateful and mindful of how fortunate we are in many ways. pic.twitter.com/lv18pTIkpI
— rachael ray (@rachaelray) September 14, 2020
Ray confirmed the fire began in the chimney, even though she insisted they cleaned it twice a year.
She shared, according to USA Today: “A person was going through our backyard on an ATV and was kind enough to come down the hill and say, ‘Your roof’s on fire.’ Literally screaming it in our backyard. We went outside [and] sure enough, that was the case.”
The man told Ray and her husband John Cusimano that he had called the fire department, before she “immediately” ran upstairs to get “precious things” such as “medicines, photographs, notebooks.”
“I heard the fire in the walls,” she said. “It was blood-curdling and chilling from head to toe. I turn to leave and there was a first responder right in front of me, [saying,] ‘Get out, get out now. You have to go.'”
She added: “I went to get the dog, and that was it. We left our house.”
“On August 9th, my house burned. 15 years of memories, 40 years of notebooks, drawing, thoughts, my life’s work,” Ray wrote in another post. “In the years that I lived here, I learned an awful lot. In the few weeks since it burned, I think I’ve learned even more. Today, we’re going to share what’s left of our home.”
Another video demonstrated the aftermath of the fire.