Dame Joan Collins "lucky to be alive" after the fire in his apartment in London



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Dame Joan Collins and her husband Percy Gibson were forced to flee their home in London after a fire started (PA)
Dame Joan Collins and her husband Percy Gibson were forced to flee their home in London after a fire started (PA)

Dame Joan Collins said she is "lucky to be alive" after being forced to flee a fire in her London home.

The veteran actress was at Belgravia estate with her husband Percy Gibson when a fire broke out inside a bathroom.

Both were unharmed after Gibson attacked the flames with a fire extinguisher before emergency services arrived.

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Dame Joan Collins and her husband Percy Gibson were forced to flee their London home after a fire (Ian West / PA)

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dame Joan, 85, said her husband is a "hero" for her actions.

She told the newspaper: "The thing is, if Percy had not gone with the fire extinguisher the entire apartment would have been consumed by the flames.

"What he did, in fact, was save the entire building. Percy is a hero. I know many guys who would not have come in. He made a great sacrifice.

"And we're lucky to be alive. I kept thinking, "What if we were sleeping and we had not heard the alarm? What if we had gone to a movie?

The fire on April 13 started with sunlight striking a shaving mirror and reflecting on a blind man, firefighters said.

Firefighters warned others to beware of the intense sun to avoid suffering a similar incident.

Dame Joan has enjoyed a long and successful career, making her Hollywood debut in the 1950s.

She is perhaps best known for playing the vengeful ex-wife Alexis Carrington in the American novel Dynasty.

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