Drone footage reveals the damage done to Rachel Ray's upstate New York mansion after a huge fire ripped through the home but left her state-of the-art kitchen intact

Drone footage reveals the extent of the devastation after a fire at television host and celebrity cook Rachael Ray's upstate New York home.
While much of the building remains standing, a massive proportion of the mansion went up in flames with most of the roof completely destroyed.
Most of the damage was to the second floor of the home and the roof. Ceilings caved in and water damage occurred after firefighters tackled the blaze but much of the first floor is still intact. 
Remarkably, despite the ferocity of the blaze Ray's high-end kitchen managed to survived the fire that ripped through her mansion, as she confirmed that she and her family are safe. 
Exclusive drone footage shows how almost the entire structure of Rachael Ray's upstate New York mansion almost burned to the ground after a fire ripped through the building on Sunday
Exclusive drone footage shows how almost the entire structure of Rachael Ray's upstate New York mansion almost burned to the ground after a fire ripped through the building on Sunday
There was substantial damage on the second floor but other than water damage and some ceilings that came down the first floor is in still intact including Ray's kitchen
There was substantial damage on the second floor but other than water damage and some ceilings that came down the first floor is in still intact including Ray's kitchen
The place is so remote that there are no fire hydrants for miles but her family and dog are fine
The place is so remote that there are no fire hydrants for miles but her family and dog are fine
Footage shows Rachael Ray's upstate New York home in ruins
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On Monday the celebrity cook tweeted, '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 added that she lost her cell phone in the blaze and sent the tweet from a team member and could not respond to calls and texts wishing her well.  
DailyMail.com has learned from fire chiefs that the house had no fire sprinklers that could have stopped the raging inferno, and the house inside New York State's Adirondack Park is in such a remote area that there were no fire hydrants for miles.
Ray tweeted her thanks to the firefighters who battled to save her home for several hours
 Ray tweeted her thanks to the firefighters who battled to save her home for several hours
The home is pictured on Google Earth before being struck by fire on Sunday night
The home is pictured on Google Earth before being struck by fire on Sunday night
The left portion of the home houses a garage and granny flat which was still left standing
The left portion of the home houses a garage and granny flat which was still left standing
The blaze raged for several hours while firefighters from several departments tackled the fire
The blaze raged for several hours while firefighters from several departments tackled the fire
Much of the damage was to the roof portion of the home which will require reconstruction
Much of the damage was to the roof portion of the home which will require reconstruction
Ray was at her home in Lake Luzerne, New York, where she had been spending quarantine with husband John M Cusimano, 52, and their dog, when the fire broke out Sunday night
Ray was at her home in Lake Luzerne, New York, where she had been spending quarantine with husband John M Cusimano, 52, and their dog, when the fire broke out Sunday night
But still the celebrity cook, her husband, mother and dog escaped from the fire without injury — and the kitchen where she has been filming her show during the pandemic was virtually unharmed.
'The kitchen is fine, it wasn't touched at all,' Warren County's fire coordinator Brian LaFlure told reporters, Monday. 
Ray, 51, was at home in Lake Luzerne, New York, with her husband John Cusimano, 52, and their dog Bella when the fire broke out shortly before 5:30 pm Sunday. 
They all escaped unhurt and are now staying with neighbors. LaFlure said they managed to rescue several valuable pieces from the home with the help of staff and firefighters.  
Fire crews were on site well past 11pm having been on scene for several hours tackling the fire. Ray, her husband, and mother were at home at the time and managed to escape the fire along with their dog, Bella, who also escaped alive from the blaze
Fire crews were on site well past 11pm having been on scene for several hours tackling the fire. Ray, her husband, and mother were at home at the time and managed to escape the fire along with their dog, Bella, who also escaped alive from the blaze
Ray spoke out on Monday for the first time since the fire, thanking first responders and confirming that she and her family are safe
Ray spoke out on Monday for the first time since the fire, thanking first responders and confirming that she and her family are safe
Massive blaze breaks out at home of TV cook Rachael Ray
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Lucerne-Hadley fire department arrives and drives through the private road where a fire ripped through the home of celebrity chef Rachel Ray located at Chuckwagon Trail in Lucerne
Lucerne-Hadley fire department arrives and drives through the private road where a fire ripped through the home of celebrity chef Rachel Ray located at Chuckwagon Trail in Lucerne
Lucerne-Hadley EMS leaves the private road where a fire ran through Ray's home
Lucerne-Hadley EMS leaves the private road where a fire ran through Ray's home
Ray said her mother Elsa Scuderi was also able to escape from the burning home unharmed
Ray said her mother Elsa Scuderi was also able to escape from the burning home unharmed 
Some 70 volunteer firefighters from 14 different departments were called in when the fierce blaze broke out in the house's roof on Sunday afternoon. They took nearly two hours to get the flames under control
'The big problem was getting water to the scene,' LaFlure said. 'We are a rural area, there are no fire hydrants and that's the way it is. You can only bring the water in with trucks, 1,500 or 2,000 gallons at a time and you can go through that very quickly.'
The firefighters soon sucked a pond on Ray's road dry, he added, before then starting pumping from a lake.
'And there was no sprinkler system which is something that down the road we would like people to deal with,' said LaFlure.
'The fire is more on the roof level,' said LaFlure. 'Fires don't burn down very easily, they burn up, so there was substantial damage on the second floor but other than water damage and some ceilings that came down the first floor is in really good shape.'
He said Ray and her husband 'are going through a very difficult time.'
LaFlure said the fire would have been much worse if it had broken out later in the day when the couple were asleep, but it was spotted before it took too much hold.
'It could have been substantially worse. They were very fortunate. We tried to come as fast as we could, but it doesn't come quickly. If you are down in a smaller urban area, the next fire department may be five or six minutes away, here you are talking 15 minutes away at least.'
The kitchen where Rachael Ray has been filming her show during the pandemic was virtually unharmed
The kitchen where Rachael Ray has been filming her show during the pandemic was virtually unharmed
The home is located in upstate New York, about half an hour's drive north of Saratoga Springs
The home is located in upstate New York, about half an hour's drive north of Saratoga Springs
Luzerne-Hadley Fire Chief Ted Backus, who was first on the scene, could see flames leaping through the roof as soon as he arrived.
He immediately called for mutual aid from other volunteer fire departments from miles around.
'The kitchen is fine, it wasn't touched at all,' Warren County's fire coordinator Brian LaFlure told reporters, Monday
'The kitchen is fine, it wasn't touched at all,' Warren County's fire coordinator Brian LaFlure told reporters, Monday
The cause of the blaze is not known, but it is not thought to be suspicious.
Investigators from New York State's office of fire prevention and control were still on site on Monday morning combing through the rubble of Ray's home, which lies deep in the woods a quarter of a mile up a dirt road.
Department chief William McGovern said they are in the midst of a 'methodical investigation' which could take up to two weeks to determine the cause of the fire. 'We will treat this like any other fire investigation,' he said.
He said he could not put a figure on the loss. 'All I know is that it is a beautiful piece of land and property up there.'
One neighbor said the blaze was so fierce the walls of Ray's home glowed bright orange.
'It was like the fire was coming through the walls,' said who declined to give her name. 'I ran outside and thought: This is bad.
'It just went up so fast, it's amazing they all managed to get out unhurt.' 
The fire quickly took hold in the upstate New York home that was mainly built out of wood
The fire quickly took hold in the upstate New York home that was mainly built out of wood
The cause of the blaze is not known, but it is not thought to be suspicious
The cause of the blaze is not known, but it is not thought to be suspicious
Luzerne-Hadley Fire Chief Ted Backus, who was first on the scene, could see flames leaping through the roof as soon as he arrived. He immediately called for mutual aid from other volunteer fire departments from miles around
Luzerne-Hadley Fire Chief Ted Backus, who was first on the scene, could see flames leaping through the roof as soon as he arrived. He immediately called for mutual aid from other volunteer fire departments from miles around 
Ray has lived in the southern Adirondacks for years. Her mother at one stage ran a Howard Johnson Inn in neighboring Lake George, and she ran the pub at the luxury Sagamore Hotel before finding fame as a TV cook. She owns almost 200 acres of land around Lake Luzerne.
She has been filming and cooking up a storm from her home since the coronavirus pandemic began and in April posted video online of her kitchen, in which she revealed that she designed it herself by drawing it out on a piece of paper.
'I decorated the house before it was ever built,' Ray says in a video tour of her kitchen and pantry. 'I drew the house on a piece of paper so I knew what I wanted it to be in my mind.'
The spacious, open-plan design allowed Ray to film her show from the comfort of her own kitchen.
In a video clip that gave a tour of the kitchen, she revealed that her two favorite appliances was the six-burner gas stove and her wood-fired pizza oven, which she referred
Drone footage reveals the damage done to Rachel Ray's upstate New York mansion after a huge fire ripped through the home but left her state-of the-art kitchen intact Drone footage reveals the damage done to Rachel Ray's upstate New York mansion after a huge fire ripped through the home but left her state-of the-art kitchen intact Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 03:31 Rating: 5

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