Joan Collins escapes 'terrifying' fire in London flat

Ben Arnold
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Joan Collins (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Joan Collins fled a ‘terrifying’ fire at her flat in London on Saturday, it has emerged.

The 85-year-old actress and her husband Percy Gibson were treated for smoke inhalation after the fire service was called to attend the blaze on Eaton Square in Belgravia at around 4.30pm.

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She hailed the actions of the fire brigade, and also her husband, who she said tried to ‘douse the flames’ with a fire extinguisher.

“THANK U from the bottom of my [heart] to the marvelous @LondonFire who attended to the terrifying fire yesterday in our flat. #threealarmfire My hero Percy had already doused the flames consuming the entire wall with handheld extinguisher,” she tweeted.


“And thanks also to the @NHSEnglandLDN #nhs #emt #Ambulance crew who took care of our smoke inhalation and comforted me. And the wonderful @metpoliceuk who kept the street closed and everyone safe.”


Collins posted video of the damage on her Instagram page.


A spokesperson for the fire service told the BBC: “Part of a flat on the first floor of the seven-storey building was damaged by the fire.

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“Two people left the property before the brigade arrived.”