The Sims 4 has a fire problem as more and more users report random and uncontrollable infernos that start out of nowhere.
These complaints surfaced when The Sims 4 became free to play The Sims 5 was announced. These are not empty threats either: many have discovered that entire rooms or houses have burned down thanks to this bug. The repair costs put a great strain on the lives of many Simmers.
It’s all gotten pretty dark, with some players saying goodbye to beloved sims after entire families were trapped in house fires. I’m sure this isn’t the start EA wanted in the new free-to-play chapter of The Sims 4.
At the center of all these house fires is the fear of fire. Introduced in the Wants and Fears update in August, Sims now have a set of desires they strive for, as well as deep-seated fears based on negative experiences.
If a Sim accidentally starts a fire or gets burned while cooking, they can develop a fear of fire. The knock-on impact is that they are more likely to accidentally start fires. It’s a vicious circle, especially since the bug seems to turn fire-fearing sims into something just shy of pyromaniacs. Every time they come into contact with fire, the immediate area will go up in flames. This seems counterproductive to me, certainly someone with a fear of fire would be extra careful not to start one.
Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case. Users have reported fires in the kitchen, garden and even the bathroom (opens in new tab). Many people are forced to feed their sims salad and fruits to avoid the oven altogether.
is_anybody_else_experiencing_constant_fires from r/thesims
The Wants and Fears update has been causing problems for a while now. But the problem seems to be compounded by something in the Sims 4 free-to-play update play. Now the fear of fire trait seems to be popping up more often.
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 disappear and their house will be fireproof again.
Others have suggested checking out the rewards store and buying a fear vanishing potion. This fun drink will quench all your sim’s fears. And since there are no microtransactions in The Sims 4, you don’t pay for these with real money.
The last way to get rid of your sims’ fear of fire is to completely disable the fears. Many have noticed that the Fears and Wants update puts a strain on their supposedly carefree Sim experience, as it does more damage than good. So you can download a Remove Fears Cheat (opens in new tab) and other individual fears of getting rid of this fiery mess once and for all.