Falcons DT Jarrett’s house catches ablaze as he watches NFL Draft | FOX Sports

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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An electrical fire early Monday,¬†swept through¬†a Brownsville home destroying the family’s home, belongings and even a vehicle.

Brownsville Interim Fire Marshal Cpt. Chris Gracia said a fused wire likely sparked the blaze in the attic.

“(The attic) is a very open area – it’s very hot up there (and) that much space can really start going,” Gracia said. “Once a fire starts in an attic, unfortunately it’s very difficult to stop because it’s completely over the entire house.”

Gracia said much like going to the doctor or dentist for a yearly check-up, homeowners need to make sure their home’s electrical wiring is working properly, especially in older homes, to ensure it is keeping up with the family’s needs.

“Do you have enough circuit breakers? Gracia said. “Do you have enough outlets? If you’re using a lot of extension cords or using a lot of power strips, then obviously you don’t have enough outlets. If you are doing that, then you are asking (for) more than what that area was rated for when the home was built.”

Gracia said people should hire a licensed electrician to inspect their homes at least every 5 to 10 years, or sooner if you spot any warning signs. “If you see any flickering lights – especially if it’s in one part of the home and not the others that’s a sign that there’s electrical problems in your home,” Gracia said. “Another one, is melting of any kind…at the breakers, at the outlets (or) at the switches.”

Those looking to build a home, Gracia said, should be honest with their electrician about how much current they plan to use at the home.

“Much like water going through a hose, if you squeeze down on a hose, you get more pressure and the water goes further,” Gracia said. “Well the same thing happens with electricity. If you squeeze down on it or you have too much current load, it has more pressure — (but) the thing with electricity though, is pressure equals heat and that heat can start a fire.”

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