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Rachael Ray Shares Photos of Aftermath of Devastating House Fire

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Rachael Ray suffered a staggering loss on Aug. 9 when her home in Lake Luzerne, New York, burned down. The kitchen she painstakingly planned and the location she filmed from and lived in, gone in an instant.

According to an Instagram post, Rachael and her husband watched, helplessly, as their home was destroyed in one hour. Despite the traumatic experience, no lives were lost, and Ray was quick to reassure her fans that they were alive.

“Safe and sound,” she shared simply on Aug. 10, including a photo of her dog Bella snoozing.

On Sept. 13, a teaser clip was posted on the Rachael Ray Show Instagram account, giving a sneak peek into an upcoming episode that would deal with the tragic fire more thoroughly.

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“On Monday 9/14 — Rachael shares never-seen-before personal footage of the damage done to her home after a fire broke out last month,” the caption read. “You don’t want to miss this emotional episode.”

A clip shared Sunday shows what was formerly the star chef’s bedroom, library and bathroom. Roofless, open to sky, it’s hard to tell what the spaces used to be.

On Monday, Ray revealed the cause of the fire: build-up in the chimney.

On Facebook, she posted a photo of the burned-out remains of her home with a quote.

“On August 9th, my house burned,” the text reads. “15 years of memories; 40 years of notebooks, drawings, thoughts, my life’s work … in the years that I lived there, I learned an awful lot.”

“In the few weeks since it burned, I think I’ve learned even more. Today, we’re going to share what’s left of our home.”

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“When one chapter ends, a new one begins,” read the caption of another post on Monday.

Ever an optimist, it wasn’t long after her bespoke home burned down that she was figuring out how the show could go on. She had a plan.

“It’s a new season, and I’m trying to build a new home, because I’m the permanent guest in my guest house now,” she posted on Facebook on Monday.

“It’s been a tough year, but we are still here and more grateful than ever. Welcome back, everyone!”

Glass of wine in hand, she toasted to new beginnings and jumped right back into what she does best.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking