'Dynasty' Star Joan Collins Forced to Flee After Fire Breaks Out in London Apartment
By Zach Seemayer
Joan Collins is sharing her appreciation for the London Fire Brigade after firefighters extinguished a blaze that erupted in her home on Saturday.
The 85-year-old English actress was forced to flee from her apartment in Belgravia, a district in central London, after a fire broke out while both she and her husband, Percy Gibson, were present.
“Dame Joan and I would like to thank our family, friends and members of the public that have sent messages of support and concern for our well being as well as the press and, of course, the wonderful emergency services from the Fire Brigade, Medical and Police," Percy said in a statement to ET. "We are unharmed as far as we know and very grateful that it wasn’t worse."
Collins -- who recently starred in the latest season of American Horror Story: Apocalypse -- took to Twitter to share her appreciation for the hardworking fire fighters for their rapid response and hard work, and her shared praise for her "hero" husband, for his quick thinking and deft use of their fire extinguisher.
"THANK U from the bottom of my [heart] to the marvelous @LondonFire who attended to the terrifying fire yesterday in our flat. #threealarmfire," she tweeted. "My hero Percy had already doused the flames consuming the entire wall with handheld extinguisher (#donttakethisrisk). #gratitude #firefighters."
Collins also thanked the ambulence crew, EMTs and NHS workers who helped treat her for smoke inhalation after the blaze, and the local police who worked hard to keep the peace at the scene of the fire.
"And thanks also to the @NHSEnglandLDN #nhs #emt #Ambulance crew who took care of our smoke inhalation and comforted me," she wrote. "And the wonderful @metpoliceuk who kept the street closed and everyone safe. #gratitude."
A spokesperson for Collins addressed the frightening incident in a statement to ET and confirmed that the actress and her husband are "doing fine" the day after the fire.
"A fire did break out yesterday at Joan’s London apartment when she and her husband were home. Percy used the extinguisher to keep fire under control whilst Joan phoned for help," the statement confirmed. "They both escaped safely, very shaken and upset and firemen eventually put fire out. She is doing fine today."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told the BBC that Collins and Gibson were treated by the London Ambulance Service, but did not require admission in a hospital, and that the fire has been deemed non-suspicious.