Former Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and his family avoided tragedy while watching the NFL Draft on Friday night, as his childhood home of 17 years caught fire, leaving half of the home burned. No family members were injured.
Jarrett, who was selected Saturday by the Atlanta Falcons with the first pick in the fifth round (No. 137), said that as he waited to hear his name called Friday, he and a gathering of 50 people noticed an unfamiliar smell.
Jarrett, along with other family members, ran to the kitchen. Moments later, they noticed smoke coming from upstairs and saw the back wall in one of the game rooms was engulfed in flames.
“Everyone was yelling, ‘Call 911. Get everybody out of the house!’ ” Jarrett’s mother, Elisha, told FOXSports.com Saturday, shortly after he was picked by the Falcons. “It happened so fast.”
Ten minutes later, responders arrived, but by that time the entire left side of the house had been burned. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but some of Jarrett’s football memorabilia was lost. While the cause of the fire has not been determined, the family believes an electrical fire sparked the blaze.
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