The new Sims 4 update could set your house on fire

The Sims 4 has a fire problem, as more and more users are reporting random, uncontrollable hells starting out of nowhere.

These complaints started to surface when The Sims 4 became free-to-play after The Sims 5 was announced. Nor are they empty threats: many have found that rooms or entire houses have been burned to the ground, thanks to this bug. Repair costs put a strain on the lives of many Simmers.

It all got pretty dark, with some players saying goodbye to their beloved sims after whole families were caught in house fires. I’m sure this isn’t the start EA wanted in the new Sims 4 Free Chapter.

buggy flames

At the center of all these home fires is the fear of fire. Introduced in the Wants and Fears update in August, Sims now have a series of wants they pursue, but also deep fears based on negative experiences.

If a Sim accidentally starts a fire or gets burned while cooking, they may develop a fear of fire. The ripple effect is that they become more likely to start fires by mistake. It’s a vicious cycle, especially since the bug seems to turn fire-afraid sims into something just shy of arsonists. Each time they engage in a fire, the immediate surroundings will be engulfed in flames. Seems counterproductive to me, surely someone who is afraid of fire would be very careful not to start one.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Users have reported fires in the kitchen, garden and even the bathroom (opens in a new tab). Many people are forced to feed their sims salad and fruit to avoid the oven altogether.

is_anybody_else_experiencing_constant_fires from r/thesims

The Wants and Fears update has been causing issues for some time now. But, the problem seems to be made worse by something in the Sims 4 free update. Now the fear of fire trait seems to appear more often.

healing flames

Fortunately, there are several ways to solve this problem. Some users have found that by forcing their sims to put out a fire, the fear will dissipate and their home will be explosion proof again.

A group of sims characters on the beach

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Others suggested looking at the rewards store and buying a fear potion. This neat little drink will quench any fears your sim may have. And since there are no microtransactions in The Sims 4, you won’t be paying for this with real money.

Finally, the last way to get rid of your sims fear of fire is to turn off the fears completely. Many found the Fears and Wants update to be taxing on their supposedly carefree Sim experience, as it does more damage than good. So you can download a Remove Fears Cheat (opens in a new tab) and other individual fears to do with this fiery mess once and for all.

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