IFWT_Ron Rivera fire

The Carolina Panthers had a lot to celebrate this weekend as they beat the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday and moved on to the Divisional Round in the NFL playoffs.  Unfortunately things turned bad for their head coach Ron Rivera as a fire ripped through his Charlotte home early Monday morning.

Shay Marie

Thankfully everyone was safely removed from the home and no one was hurt.

The fire broke out at the home around Heydon Hall Circle around 4 a.m., according to the Charlotte Fire Department.

Rivera only spoke to Channel 9 and said he heard the fire detectors going off inside the home and that he and his family – including relatives from out of town and the family dog – were able to get out safely.

According to Rivera’s sister-in-law, there were six people in the house: Rivera, his wife, his two brothers and their wives.

The fire department upgraded the response to a second alarm because they needed so many firefighters to help put out the flames at the large 3-story brick house. Roughly 55.

It took firefighters just over an hour to get the flames under control and the damage was mainly contained to the attic and roof.

Investigators were still determining how the fire started but said it looked to be accidental.