Caterina Scorsone's four pets were killed in the fire at her Pasadena home.
PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- "Grey's Anatomy" actress Caterina Scorsone revealed she and her three children recently survived a harrowing fire that killed her four beloved pets and damaged her Pasadena home.
The devastating fire happened back in January, but the actress on Monday came forward to share details about the tragedy that left her with only two minutes to save her three children.
In a press release, the Pasadena Fire Department praised Scorsone for jumping into action and saving her children's lives.
"Within this tragedy, there is a beacon of light. In the most vulnerable time of someone's life, under the most stressful situations, there is a need to make decisions," the fire department said in a press release. "The reason this family is alive is because of the actions and decisions that Ms. Scorsone made on that cold night. This is a testament to incredible decision making and the motherly instinct taking over."
In an emotional Instagram post, Scorsone showed a photo of the devastation, writing, "A couple of months ago my house burned down."
"While getting my kids ready for bed and finishing bath time, smoke began to seep up through the grout around the tub," the caption read. "When I looked down the hallway a river of thick black smoke had already formed and was filling the house."
Scorsone went on to write about how quickly the incident unfolded.
"I had about two minutes to get my three kids out of the house, and we escaped with less than shoes on our feet," she wrote. "But we got out. And for that I am eternally grateful."
Scorsone, who is best known for playing Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the hit ABC drama, shares three children, Lucky, 3, Paloma, 6 and Eliza, 10, with her ex-husband Rob Giles.
Her post included images of her pets who died in the fire.
"We are still sitting with that loss, but we are lucky we got to love them at all," she wrote.
She also thanked the firefighters, community and friends who helped her in the aftermath.
"Thank you to the firefighters and the investigators (thank you Trey!) Thank you to my neighbor who answered our frantic knocks at her door," the caption read. "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. Thank you to my team who made everything easier."
Pasadena Fire officials say the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Foul play has been ruled out.