Joan Collins has shared her shock after being treated for smoke inhalation following a “terrifying” fire in her London home.
The actress, 85, revealed she was able to flee the flames thanks to her “hero” husband Percy Gibson dousing them with a small fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived to take over.
Taking to Twitter shortly after fleeing her flat, Collins wrote: “THANK U from the bottom of my to the marvelous @LondonFire who attended to the terrifying fire yesterday in our flat. #threealarmfire.”
She then added of her husband: “My hero Percy had already doused the flames consuming the entire wall with handheld extinguisher (#donttakethisrisk). #gratitude #firefighters.”
THANK U from the bottom of my ❤️ to the marvelous @LondonFire who attended to the terrifying fire yesterday in our flat. #threealarmfire My hero Percy had already doused the flames consuming the entire wall with handheld extinguisher (#donttakethisrisk). #gratitude #firefighters
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) April 14, 2019
The star finally concluded: “And thanks also to the @NHSEnglandLDN #nhs #emt #Ambulance crew who took care of our smoke inhalation and comforted me. And the wonderful @metpoliceuk who kept the street closed and everyone safe. #gratitude.”
She went on to share a video from inside, laying bare the full extent of the damage as the camera panned round burnt and charred walls.
Keen to spend some time away from the flat, she has since shared a photo during a walk with her daughter Tara, showing her smiling and appearing healthy and happy.
She captioned the photo: “Thank you to everyone and all our friends and family for your lovely messages of support after the #fire – a walk in the park to clear the smoke away with my lovely daughter @taraarkle.”
London Fire Brigade confirmed in a statement that around 10 firefighters attended the blaze and it took over an hour to completely quash.
The statement read: “Part of a flat on the first floor of the seven-storey building was damaged by the fire. Two people left the property before the brigade arrived.
“The Brigade was called at 1628 and the fire was under control by 1736. Two fire engines and a turn table ladder from Soho fire station attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
Collins married film producer Percy Gibson, 54, in 2002.
Sadly this is not the first incident at the actress’ London flat, as her ceiling collapsed in 2017 due to an apartment above being flooded with water.
She wrote in the Daily Mail at the time: “As living arrangements go, I didn’t think mine could get much worse. But the past few days have proved me wrong.
“The year started badly enough when, while in LA this January, my brother Bill called to say there had been a massive flood in a neighbour’s apartment and the ceiling had collapsed in our London flat.
“Returning two days later, my husband Percy and I were faced with a scene of utter devastation. The place was a disaster zone.”