Caterina Scorsone has come forward to share details of a devastating fire that destroyed her home and killed four pets.
The Gray’s Anatomy star took to Instagram on Monday to reveal that her house burned down “a few months ago” in an emergency situation that left her with just minutes to save her three children.
“While I was getting my kids ready for bed and finishing the bath, smoke started seeping through the grout around the bath. As I looked down the hallway, a river of thick black smoke had already formed and was filling the house,” posted the veteran actress, who shares three daughters, Eliza, 10, Paloma “Pippa,” 6, and Lucky, 3, with ex-husband Rob Giles. “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.”
However, the family’s three cats and dog did not escape the blaze. “Heartbreakingly, we lost all four of our pets,” Scorsone confirmed. “We’re still dealing with that loss, but we’re lucky to be able to love them at all.”
Scorsone starred in ABC’s blockbuster drama series Gray’s Anatomy as Amelia Shepherd, the sister-in-law of Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Gray, since the ABC hit the medical drama’s seventh season in 2010. In the currently airing 19th season, Meredith’s house nearly burned down in the winter finale, which aired in late 2022. Lightning struck the house with Meredith’s children in it; everyone escaped as their belongings went up in flames.
Scorsone credited her Grays family for standing up for her family during this difficult time, which has apparently given her a sense of gratitude and a new perspective on what’s important in life.
“This is not a post about a fire. This is a message about the community. This is a love letter to the incredible people who showed up and the incredible ways they did,” she shared with her 3.9 million followers in the post that also included images of the scene, the animals and her daughters, seen below . “What we learned is that all that matters is the people (and creatures) you love. All that matters is the community. We wouldn’t be here without it and we’re so thankful.”