Renee Zellweger’s cosy night in was ruined when a “truckload” of fire-fighters burst into her apartment.

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The Cold Mountain actress was feeling the chill yesterday (20.09.07) and decided to use the fireplace in her luxurious New York apartment – but alarmed neighbours smelled smoke coming from her floor and phoned the emergency services.

A source told the New York Post: “A truckload of fire-fighters arrived at Renee’s apartment. They came and put out the contained fire in her fireplace. It seemed very unnecessary, but maybe because it is so early in the season, the neighbour was concerned.”

Renee was said to be startled by the sudden arrival of the fire-fighters, but laughed and joked with the men while they checked her apartment.

Earlier this month, it was revealed the 38-year-old actress was taking Sir Paul McCartney on a romantic weekend away.

Renee booked an exclusive secluded cottage in America’s East Hamptons resort so and the 65-year-old Beatles legend could get to know each other better.

A source said: It’s early days but Renee really thinks they could have something.

“The cottage has a piano and guitars, so she might be serenaded with an impromptu performance.”

Renee and Paul first met at a Tom Petty concert in New York last month where they were seen cozying up to one another.