Celebrity chef Rachel Ray’s New York home engulfed in massive fire

A massive fire has engulfed cooking show star Rachael Ray’s New York home.

Firefighters arrived at Ray’s home in Lake Luzerne, New York, on Sunday evening, according to US television news channel KRQE-TV.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Rachel Ray’s home went up in flames (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File )</figcaption>
Rachel Ray’s home went up in flames (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File )

Photos of the house fire show flames bursting through the roof and long plumes of smoke extending into the sky. The Warren County sheriff said there were no injuries.

Ray’s representative Charlie Dougiello told USA Today that Ray, her husband and dog were safe, but that the extent of damage to the home was not yet clear.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Rachael Ray’s home on fire in Lake Luzerne, New York (Courtesy Kenneth Dickinson via AP)</figcaption>
Rachael Ray’s home on fire in Lake Luzerne, New York (Courtesy Kenneth Dickinson via AP)

Since April, Ray has been filming #STAYHOME With Rachael two days a week from her home in Lake Luzerne. Her husband, John Cusimano, has been the show’s cameraman, producer, cocktail maker and musical guest.

Amid the pandemic, Ray’s organisation donated 4 million dollars (£3.6 million) to several charities including food banks, relief funds for laid off restaurant workers and animal rescue work.

She credited her mother, who lives across the street and also operated a restaurant, with motivating her to give the donation.

“She wants a daily update of what you’re doing to help the world. In detail,” Ray said.