Joan Collins, the actress who starred in the ’80s hit Dynasty, escaped a fire in her London apartment this weekend, and she recounted that the whole event was “terrifying.”
Page Six reports that Collins, 85, and her husband, Percy Gibson, escaped the fire relatively unscathed, as the actress was treated for smoke inhalation. A rep for Collins said that thanks to Joan’s keen sense of smell, and Gibson’s quick thinking, it wasn’t a tragic event.
“They were both in the apartment. Joan smelt some smoke, and Percy went out to investigate.”
Gibson discovered that the guest suite was on fire and used a fire extinguisher. Percy rushed in to start putting the fire out while Collins called for the fire brigade to come.
“Percy really saved the day.”
Gibson actually put the fire out with the fire extinguisher and got the matter under control while the couple waited for the fire brigade. The fire started in the guest suite in the late afternoon and tore through most of the room, charring the walls. When the fire company arrived, it took ten people over an hour to bring the whole blaze under control and put out hot spots.
Joan Collins ‘Unhurt’ but ‘Very Shaken’ After Fire Breaks Out at Her London Apartment https://t.co/4gZy6C4Lce
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On social media, Collins expressed her thanks to the London Fire Brigade, her husband, Percy, the police, and emergency medical personnel.
A representative for the fire brigade says that luckily, everyone was evacuated from the Belgravia apartment before the fire company arrived and that most of the fire damage was limited to the first-floor apartment, which belongs to Joan and her husband.
Collins escaped a tragic ending this time, but in the last several years, the actor lost her younger sister, author Jackie Collins, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. The writer lost a six-year battle with breast cancer, but Joan Collins says she only found out about her sister’s diagnosis two weeks before her death.
Collins stated that she was devastated about the death of her sister, who she says lived a full life.
“She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.”
The Collins sisters, who moved to the United States together, thought of each other as best friends.