The Sims 4 has a fire issue as more and more users report random, uncontrollable hells starting out of nowhere.
These complaints started to surface when The Sims 4 was released to play after The Sims 5 was announced. These aren’t empty threats either: many have found that entire rooms or houses have been burned to the ground, thanks to this bug. Repair costs are putting a real strain on the lives of many Simmers.
It all got 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 to the new free chapter of The Sims 4.
At the heart of all these house fires is the fear of the fire trace. Introduced in the Wishes and Fears update in August, Sims now have a number of desires they pursue, but also deep-seated 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 indirect impact is that they become more likely to start fires by mistake. It’s a vicious circle, especially since the bug seems to turn fire-fearing sims into something shy of pyromaniacs. Every time they get involved with fire, it will cause the immediate neighborhood to be engulfed in flames. This seems counterproductive to me, surely someone with a fear of fire would be extremely careful not to start one.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Users have reported fires in the kitchen, garden and to the bathroom (opens in new tab). Many people are forced to feed their sims salad and fruit to completely avoid the oven.
The Wants and Fears update has been causing problems for some time now. But, the problem seems to be compounded by something in The Sims 4 free update game. Now, the fear of fire trait seems to be cropping up more often.
Fortunately, there are several ways to fix this problem. Some users have found that by forcing their Sims to extinguish a fire, fear will dissipate and their home will be flameproof once again.
Others suggested looking at the bounty shop and buying a potion of fear that ran out. This little drink will quench any fears your sim may have. And since there are no microtransactions in The Sims 4, you won’t pay for them with real money.
Finally, the last way to get rid of your sims fear of fire is to disable fears completely. Many felt that the Fears and Wants update is straining their supposedly carefree Sim experience as it does more damage than good. Then you can download a Remove fraud from fears (opens in new tab) and other individual fears of ending this fiery mess once and for all.