Grey’s Anatomy star Caterina Scorsone has opened up about her near-death experience after a fire that burned her house to the ground.
The 41-year-old actress, who was born in Toronto, Canada, on Monday revealed that her family, including her three young children, were nearly killed after their home caught fire several months ago.
In an Instagram post, Caterina, who plays Dr. Amelia Shepherd in the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, confirmed that all four of her pets died in the blaze and that the family is still struggling to come to terms with the loss.
“A couple of months ago my house burned down. Heartbreakingly, we lost all four of our pets. We are still sitting with that loss, but we are lucky we got to love them at all,” she said.
“While getting my kids ready for bed and finishing bath time, smoke began to seep up through the grout around the tub. When I looked down the hallway a river of thick black smoke had already formed and was filling the house.”
The actress continued: “One thing about fires: they happen fast. I had about two minutes to get my three kids out of the house, and we escaped with less than shoes on our feet. But we got out. And for that I am eternally grateful.”
Scorsone went on to thank the parents of her children’s classmates for sending books and toys to help out her family after all of their belongings burned in the blaze.
She also insisted that she wanted her post to be “about community” rather than the fire as she applauded the “incredible people” who helped her family when they needed help the most.
“Thank you to the firefighters and the investigators. Thank you to my neighbor who answered our frantic knocks at her door,” she added.
“What we learned is that the only thing that matters are the people (and beings) that you love. The only thing that matters is community. We would not be here without it and we are so grateful.”
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