Legendary actress Joan Collins found herself in a horrifying situation when she and her husband, Percy Gibson, discovered that their London home erupted into flames on Saturday, April 13. Though she and Percy were able to escape the fire unscathed, the Dynasty star shared clips of the damage left behind by the devastating blaze.
“The remains of the day … ” the 85-year-old captioned a video she shared to Instagram on Sunday, April 14. “Thank you @londonfirebrigade #shafetsbury!” In the clip, Joan gave her followers a glimpse inside her home and the amount of damage that was done as she panned around the guest suite that caught on fire.
The brunette beauty also took to Twitter to send some heartfelt messages to those involved. “THANK U from the bottom of my to the marvelous @LondonFire who attended to the terrifying fire yesterday in our flat. #threealarmfire,” Joan wrote in a series of tweets. “My hero Percy had already doused the flames consuming the entire wall with a handheld extinguisher,” the Golden Globe winner added before warning others not to “take this risk.”
Following the sorrowful circumstance, a rep for the American Horror Story actress revealed that the situation could have been much worse if it weren’t for their quick thinking. “Joan smelt some smoke and Percy went out to investigate. They discovered that the guest suite was on fire,” the rep explained to People. “Percy had two of those fire extinguishers in the apartment so he rushed in to start putting the fire out and Joan called for the fire brigade to come.” The rep also added that “Percy had kind of controlled most of the fire” by the time the fire trucks arrived at their house.
Fortunately, “they escaped the fire unhurt,” the rep continued, but they were “obviously shaken up and distressed from the whole thing.” The rep also noted that “Percy really saved the day. He was the one who put the fire out and took control until the fire brigade arrived.” According to the BBC, around 10 firefighters responded to the call and took a little over an hour to extinguish the fiery blaze.
Now that they are safe and sound, Joan and Percy, 54, are just trying to handle the situation as best as they can. Although the fire is still so fresh in their minds, the rep shared that the couple is doing “better today” and will be focusing their energy towards “what damage has been done and how they can put everything back together again.”
We wish Joan and Percy all the best in the wake of this tragedy!