Less than two days after coaching the Carolina Panthers to a playoff win, head coach Ron Rivera lost a large portion of his house to a fire.
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After early-morning reports that a fire had hit the home of Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, it is confirmed that Rivera and his family are safe.
A Charlotte Fire Department spokesman said Monday, according to The Associated Press, that the blaze started around 4 a.m. ET. There was significant smoke damage could be seen in the attic and roof. It took about an hour for the fire to be extinguished, according to AP.
Early indications are that the fire was accidental, per CFD Captain Rob Brisley.
“You are looking at a large house with damage to the roof and attic area,” Brisley said. “Anytime you are faced with a fire and your family is displaced it is significant for the homeowner and it is significant for the family. We are just grateful that there are no injuries.”
The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person spoke to Rivera briefly Monday morning. “You know what they say, we’re rebuilding,” Rivera said.
This is the second serious accident that members of the Panthers have been involved in in the past four weeks. In December, QB Cam Newton was involved in a car accident that resulted in a pair of back fractures that caused him to miss a key game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton made a full recovery, led the Panthers to a division title win over the Atlanta Falcons, and then led the team to a playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals in the Wildcard round of the NFC playoffs.