Grey’s Anatomy actress Caterina Scorsone has revealed that she and her three young daughters escaped death in a house fire that claimed the lives of their pets.
The Toronto-born actress, 41, took to Instagram Monday detailing the tragic chain of events in which her beloved animals perished, and her family was nearly killed.
The mom-of-three – who is mother to daughters Eliza, 10, Paloma ‘Pippa’ Michaela, six, (who lives with Down syndrome) and Lucky, three, and with ex-husband Rob Giles – shared a series of photos showing the damage, as well as a series of photos of her four pets that perished in the fire.
‘A couple of months ago my house burned down,’ Scorsone said. ‘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.’
Scorsone, who plays the role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the ABC series, described the series of tragic events.
The latest: Grey’s Anatomy actress Caterina Scorsone has revealed that she and her three young daughters escaped death in a house fire that claimed the lives of their pets
Scorsone is mother to daughters Eliza, 10, Paloma ‘Pippa’ Michaela, six, and Lucky, three, and with ex-husband Rob Giles
‘While getting my kids ready for bed and finishing bath time, smoke began to seep up through the grout around the tub,’ she said. ‘When I looked down the hallway a river of thick black smoke had already formed and was filling the house.’
Scorsone 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 said, ‘Thank you to the parents at my kids’ school who sent toys and books, my friends at @greysabc and @shondaland who sent clothing and supplies, my sisters who flew in to handle logistics so that I could be with my kids.’
Scorsone, who has appeared on 198 episodes of the Shonda Rhimes drama, said that she was heartened by the community response in the wake of the destructive blaze.
‘This is not a post about a fire,’ she said. ‘This is a post about community. This is a love letter to the incredible people that showed up and the incredible ways that they did.
‘Thank you to the firefighters and the investigators. Thank you to my neighbor who answered our frantic knocks at her door.’
Scorsone said that she and her family gleaned a valuable life lesson amid the calamitous chain of events.
‘What we learned is that the only thing that matters are the people (and beings) that you love,’ Scorsone said. ‘The only thing that matters is community. We would not be here without it and we are so grateful.’
Scorsone thanked parents and her children’s schools, friends, colleagues and sisters for her help with the children
The mom-of-three was pictured with daughter Paloma ‘Pippa’ Michaela, six (who lives with Down syndrome)
The actress was seen with her late dog in a photo she previously posted to the social media site
Scorsone shared a series of images of her pets who perished in the fire
The Canadian actress posted an image of her dog who died in the fire
One of the images showed the Grey’s Anatomy actress sharing a moment with her late cat
She wrapped up the emotional post in saying, ‘Here are some photos to honor the space we once called home, to say goodbye to the animals that loved us so well, and to celebrate that we have the only thing we ever really needed: each other.’
A number of Scorsone’s colleagues chimed in with words of support amid her emotional reveal.
Her Grey’s Anatomy costar Chris Carmack said, ‘I hope I never have to deal with anything like this… but if I do, I hope I can follow your example of grace under terrible circumstances… love to you and the family.’
The show’s Jake Borelli told Scorsone, ‘You are truly an incredible human and I am sending all the love I have to you and yours.’
The show’s Melissa DuPrey said, ‘Oh sweet babe. I’m so glad you all are safe. I’m sorry for the losses of your furbabies and the tangible things that hold memories. Grateful you are here and exist so beautifully.’
Actress Emily Hampshire of Schitt’s Creek said, ‘You are such an incredible human. I’m so sorry you went thru all this but I am so grateful you exist in the world and sending you and your fam all the [love].’
Scorsone last month honored her daughter Pippa on World Down Syndrome Day.
She said, ‘Happy World Down syndrome Day 21.3.23 Love is exactly what we are. Exactly as we are. #joyisrebellion,’ with a shot of them together.
Scorsone detailed the tragic events as well as her gratitude for those who helped her in the aftermath
A number of Scorsone’s colleagues chimed in with words of support amid her emotional reveal
Scorsone last month honored her daughter Pippa on World Down Syndrome Day, posting a shot of them together
The actress has played the role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the ABC show since 2010