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Celebrity chef Rachael Ray and her family escaped a fire that destroyed her home in Lake Luzerne.
The fire at her Chuckwagon Trail home was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Warren County officials say neither Ray nor anyone in her family were hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is not believed to be suspicious, officials said.
Fire companies from Warren County and neighboring Saratoga County remained at the scene throughout the night.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Ray has been recording her show at the home.
“Thanks for the concern. Rachael, her husband and their dog Bella are safe,” Ray’s representative Charlie Dougiello told USA TODAY in a statement. “The house is unfortunately damaged and we don’t yet know to what extent.”
Ray, 51, grew up in the southern Adirondacks and has maintained a home in Lake Luzerne for several years.
Ray comes from a family of chefs and restaurateurs — her mother managed the Howard Johnson’s in Lake George for a time — and she started in the food business in New York City.
She moved back to Lake George just as she was turning 30 and started managing the pub at the Sagamore Resort. She later worked as a food buyer and chef for the now-defunct Cowan & Lobel gourmet food market in Albany. It was there she came up with the concept behind “30-Minute Meals.”
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