Kimora Lee Simmons claims her house caught on fire on Saturday. She shared a photo of LAFD firefighters battling a small blaze contained inside her fireplace as smoke billowed into her home.

“My house caught fire. The kids and I are all fine,” she wrote in a post on her Instagram Story.

“I cannot express the deepest gratitude to the numerous battalions, ladders and units that attended to us for many hours today and quite possibly saved our lives. THANK YOU!”

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Kimora may have exaggerated a little. Only the fireplace caught on fire. Her followers pointed out the draperies right next to the fireplace weren’t scorched.

Kimora is a single mom with 5 children: daughters Ming, 23, and Aoki, 21, and sons Kenzo, 14, and Wolfe, 8. She also adopted a son Gary, 10, in 2020.

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Fireplaces keep your home warm and cozy during the winter months. But a poorly maintained fireplace can be a fire hazard. Chimneys that are not maintained or cleaned properly can be blocked with leaves, nests and trash that are highly flammable.

A gas fireplace is extremely dangerous if there’s a gas leak.

HGTV published the following common sense tips for homeowners and apartment dwellers with fireplaces.

  • Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces to heat homes.
  • Use a fireplace for a short-duration fire — no longer than 5 hours.
  • Have a certified technician inspect inspect gas line and clean the chimney when necessary.
  • Use a chimney cap to keep animals and debris from blocking the chimney and causing carbon monoxide buildup inside your house.
  • Keep the glass open, but keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from jumping onto the carpeting.
  • Never leave a fire unattended when children are in the house.
  • Open a window when using the fireplace to prevent a smoke-filled room.
  • Keep a nonflammable rug in front of the fireplace.
  • Clean the hearth (floor of the fireplace) at least once a week when in use.
  • Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, because coals may still be hot in the ashes.
  • Use a brick cleaner to clean exterior brick on the fireplace.