A fire at an NFL player’s $1.5 million home seemingly gutted the place entirely. Rolando McClain, a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, owned the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home that went up in flames Monday night. Authorities have deemed the fire to be suspicious and an investigation into just what happened is now underway.
According to Chron, McClain’s $1.5 million house fire destroyed the entire mansion. The Alabama home had six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and it had been vacant and listed for sale. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Norris says that any time a house goes up like that, especially one with that kind of value, it is considered to be suspicious.
Reports indicate that a witness saw a car speeding away from the scene Monday night and authorities believe that vehicle could be a clue to how the fire was started. The driver and car are unidentified at this point and the investigation is in its early stages. It is also currently unknown whether an accelerant was used or how the fire started.
As SB Nation shares, many photos of the NFL star’s $1.5 million home were posted on Twitter as the flames engulfed the 7,500-square-foot mansion. Rolando McClain is originally from Alabama and the home is near Lake Tuscaloosa. The real estate listing on Zillow touts a private location on four gorgeous acres with 500 feet on the lake.
The home was two stories with a walkout basement and there was a deck and patio overlooking the pool, a landscaped yard, and a boathouse. There were high-end features throughout the extravagant home. Only four houses shared the private road where the mansion was located and photos show that it was a gorgeous home in a beautiful setting.
Photos of McClain’s home on fire would seemingly indicate that little is left now. Luckily, nobody was home at the time of the fire at the NFL star’s home, but authorities say the mansion is likely a total loss. A crime dog will inspect the scene now to see if a cause of the blaze can be uncovered.
McClain has had some challenges off the field over the past few seasons, but he has had a strong season with the Dallas Cowboys this year. The 25-year-old Decatur, Alabama, native noted this location as his address in a court document filed last fall regarding allegations that his ex-wife isn’t giving him enough visitation with his young daughter.
So far, neither the team or Rolando McClain have directly commented on the situation regarding the fire at the NFL star’s $1.5 million home Monday night.
[Image via Dallas Observer]