Dame Joan Collins has every reason to believe in karma. Just days after donating hundreds of her designer outfits to charity, she and her husband say they are “lucky to be alive” after narrowly escaping a fire at their London home.
The veteran actress was at the ritzy Belgravia property with husband Percy Gibson when the freak blaze broke out in an ensuite bathroom.
Both made it out uninjured after Mr Gibson tackled the flames with a fire extinguisher before the emergency services arrived.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dame Joan, 85, said her husband is a “hero” for his actions.
She told the newspaper: “The thing is, if Percy hadn’t gone in with the extinguisher the entire flat would have been consumed by flames.
“What he did, in fact, was save the whole building. Percy’s a hero. I know a lot of guys who wouldn’t have gone in. He made a great sacrifice.
“And we’re lucky to be alive. I keep thinking: ‘What if we’d been asleep and hadn’t heard the alarm? What if we’d gone to a movie?’.”
Is this to poshest charity shop in Britain? It’s got rails and rails of 300 hats, shoes and dresses, donated by Dame Joan Collins.
The global superstar actress visited the shop officially open the @sschospices Shooting Star Children’s Hospices charity shop in #Cobham #Surrey. pic.twitter.com/TDiOkF2MLI
— BBC Surrey (@BBCSurrey) April 11, 2019
The April 13 fire was started by sunlight striking a shaving mirror and reflecting onto a blind, firefighters said.
Firefighters have warned other people to beware of the intense sun to avoid suffering similar incidents.
Dame Joan has enjoyed a lengthy and successful career, making her Hollywood debut in the 1950s.
She is perhaps best known for playing vengeful ex-wife Alexis Carrington in US soap opera Dynasty.