Family of boxer Tyson unhurt after fire at Potomac home

Fighter in Las Vegas at time of 2-alarm blaze

April 28, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Mike Tyson's family escaped injury when a two-alarm fire broke out at the fighter's $2.25 million home in Potomac last night. Tyson was training in Las Vegas at the time.

Three adults, including Tyson's wife, and two of their children, escaped the blaze, which fire officials said caused "significant damage."

Tyson issued a statement through spokesman Adam Grant in New York, thanking firefighters for putting out the blaze and saving his family.

"My wife and my family were safely evacuated from our home," Tyson said in the statement. "We are very blessed and thankful that there were no injuries associated with this incident. I look forward to reuniting with them soon."

The fire started about 6 p.m. above Tyson's three-car garage in the 8300 block of Persimmon Tree Road near Congressional Country Club, officials said.

An automatic alarm sounded and alerted authorities to the fire. Firefighters arrived within minutes and saw "heavy fire showing" from the roof, fire officials said. The blaze was under control in about 45 minutes.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital for chest pains, and another was taken for a broken finger, officials said.

Fire officials said they were investigating the cause of the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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