An inferno that tore through Rachael Ray’s upstate New York mansion spared the celebrity chef’s state-of-the-art kitchen, according to fire officials.
Drone footage obtained by the Daily Mail shows the extensive damage caused to the roof and second floor of Ray’s Lake Luzerne home, where the massive blaze broke out around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Warren County Coordinator Brian LaFlure said the fire was mostly contained to the second floor, with the first floor mainly suffering water damage.
“The kitchen wasn’t touched at all, so pretty much the whole first floor is in good shape,” he said, WNYT 13 reported.
In April, Ray, 51, gushed about her dream kitchen in a video tour posted online.
“I worked 35 years to have a gas stove and to put that pizza oven in behind it,” she beamed.
There are no fire hydrants nearby Ray’s mansion, located about 50 miles north of Albany — which hampered firefighters’ efforts to contain the blaze. They had to use pond water to douse the flames.
“As soon as my assistant chief was on the scene, he told me what we had. So I started calling for tankers, ’cause there are no hydrants there,” Luzerne-Hadley Fire Chief Ted Backus told CBS6.
Ray — who has been filming her eponymous daytime talk show and live cooking segments at the remote mansion — was able to escape with her mother, husband and dog.
“We’re all okay,” she said in a statement. “These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost.”
Source: New York Post
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