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Dallas QB’s Home Catches Fire

March 26, 1998

PLANO, Texas (AP) _ A fire at the new home of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman caused up to a quarter of a million dollars in damage, although firefighters took care to save his irreplaceable football memorabilia.

A three-alarm fire started in an attic over the garage around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Monique Cardwell, a spokeswoman for the Plano fire department.

Aikman moved into the $3.2 million home just a few weeks ago after it took more than two years to build. Aikman was not home at the time and there were no injuries.

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

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

Cardwell 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.″

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.

Aikman moved into the 12,000-square-foot home earlier this month. The house took nearly 2 1/2 years to build before being finished about two months ago.

He 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.

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