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Fire Destroys Golfer Lowery’s Home

March 1, 1999

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Fire destroyed the home of pro golfer Steve Lowery on Sunday while he competed in the Tucson Open.

Lowery’s wife, Kathryn, 38, and their three children, ages 1, 3 and 7, escaped uninjured from the two-story house in the exclusive Bay Hill area of suburban Orlando.

Firefighters rescued a pet dog trapped in rubble inside the burning house.

The fire broke out about 2 p.m., while Lowery was on the course at the Tucson National Golf Club. At his wife’s request, he wasn’t told about the fire until he finished his round.

Pro golfer Scott Hoch, who went to the Lowery home after hearing of the blaze, said the family was getting support from the golfing community.

``Several tour players were out there with their wives,″ he said. Among them were Arnold and Winnie Palmer, who later in the day arranged for the Lowerys to move into a vacant house in Bay Hill, Hoch said.

Winds gusting up to 25 mph quickly pushed the flames through the 5,000-square-foot home, said Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Lt. Tammy Wunderly.

One of the Lowery children alerted her mother after seeing the fire at the rear of the house. Kathryn Lowery ran outside and saw fire coming from the area of a light fixture on the exterior of the home, Wunderly said.

She ran to a neighbor’s house to call the fire department.

It took about an hour to bring the fire under control and another half-hour to put it out, Wunderly said. She said the house, which the Lowerys bought about three years ago for $525,000, was a total loss.

Lowery, 38, shot a two-under-par round of 70 on Sunday to finish the Tuscon Open with a four-round score of 281. He finished five shots off the lead, tied for 20th. He won $27,741 in the $2.75 million tournament.

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