Officials have revealed what caused the fire that ravaged the upstate New York home of celebrity chef Rachael Ray earlier this month.
The Office of Fire Prevention and Control has determined the blaze at Ray’s Lake Luzerne residence began in the fireplace chimney and was accidental, according to the Associated Press.
The August 9th fire sent flames through the roof of the home, which is located more than 50 miles north of Albany. Heavy damage was sustained to the second floor of the house, while the first floor saw mostly water damage, reported the New York Post.
Ray and her husband John Cusimano had been living at the home amid the pandemic with their dog Bella. No one in her family or any firefighters were injured during the blaze.
She had been filming her namesake show from the home, with her husband serving as producer.
Following the news of the cause of the fire, Ray shared a message with her fans.
“In last few mos. we lost our dog of 15 yrs and our home to fire,” Ray tweeted on Friday. “This wk watching Dems, Republicans, Independents - Americans of all ages and a young man conquering a stutter, our hearts are filled again w love & hope. We are blessed to still have this nation to call home.”
It was recently announced that Ray’s “30 Minute Meals,” which ran on the Food Network from 2001 through 2012 before being rebooted last year, will return on the Food Network Kitchen app this fall. The series will no longer be available on network television.
20 new episodes for the app were filmed at Ray’s New York home prior to the fire, with Ray walking viewers through step-by-step instructions for making meals.