Rachael Ray revealed that she’s grateful simply to be alive after struggling two tragedies at her New York properties roughly one 12 months aside from each other. 

In August of 2020, the superstar TV chef, 53, revealed that her home in Lake Luzerne, New York burned down in a fire. The trigger was decided to be a difficulty that began in her hearth chimney that allowed flames to unfold on the roof.

Ray, her husband John Cusimano and their canine Bella had been fortunately not harmed within the fire. However, she said in a video displaying the aftermath of the blaze that she did lose “15 years of memories; 40 years of notebooks, drawing, thoughts, my life’s work.”

In September, she revealed that her New York City condo was one of many many to endure flooding injury after record-breaking and surprising rainfall broken a big portion of town. As if that wasn’t dangerous sufficient, her beloved canine handed away amid the coronavirus pandemic as nicely. 


Rachael Ray mentioned the flooding in her New York City condo. 
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In an interview with Extra, Ray defined that, regardless of the struggles she’s skilled this 12 months, she famous that she’s most grateful for “being alive.” 

“When I lost my dog I was so grateful that I could be with her the last several month of her life,” she defined. “She died in my arms… I felt guilty and grateful at the same time… People suffered actual human loss from COVID or because they couldn’t get care… and how many people died alone.”

She continued by noting that the loss the world suffered through the pandemic put her materials losses into perspective. 


“The fire, the chimney burped under the roof, that’s just life,” she defined. “So many people wrote to me and reached out and said we lost so much too, I mean that’s just bad luck… The apartment, we weren’t there… Leaks became bigger and the roof became worse and we thought we had repaired everything… then Ida… the whole apartment, was just raining inside.”

Rachael Ray opened up about the fire that took her New York home last year. 

Rachael Ray opened up concerning the fire that took her New York dwelling final 12 months. 
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Ray’s feedback echo these she mentioned at the time of the fire, noting that not solely might issues have been worse, however that she was grateful to first responders for ensuring everybody was OK. 

“Thank you to our local first responders for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home. Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog… we’re all okay. These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost,” she wrote. “…I *did* lose my phone (posting through a team member) Thank you for all the well wishes, concern and outreach, but can’t return texts and calls at the moment…!”