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Aikman’s Home Catches Fire

March 25, 1998

PLANO, Texas (AP) _ A fire struck the $3.2 million home of Troy Aikman on Wednesday just a few weeks after the Dallas Cowboys quarterback had moved in.

Aikman was not home at the time and there were no injuries.

The 12,000-square-foot home had taken nearly 2 1/2 years to build and was finished about two months ago. Damages were estimated at $250,000.

``God, it was a mess of white smoke and fire just belching out of there,″ said neighbor Bob Pert.

Fire chief Bill Peterson said the blaze is not suspicious, but officials will investigate.

The three-alarm fire began in an attic over the garage around 7:30 a.m., said Monique Cardwell, a spokeswoman for the Plano fire department. She said 50 firefighters needed 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was confined mostly to the garage area.

``The majority of the contents will be salvageable,″ she said. ``There was only light smoke and water damage in the living area.″

Aikman returned home about 9 a.m. to find fire trucks and a swarm of media surrounding his house. He was later joined by teammates Deion Sanders and Bill Bates. Aikman left shortly before noon without comment.

Peterson said firefighters paid special attention to protecting Aikman’s football memorabilia.

``We placed a line on the second floor between the trophies and the fire and made sure that they were not threatened at all,″ he said.

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