Ron Rivera and his family made it out of their home safely following a fire in their home on Monday morning. The coach of the Carolina Panthers and his family are reportedly okay after having to escape their home in the morning.
Rivera’s Panthers are no stranger to adversity on the field, and this is not the first time that a member of the franchise has had a dramatic accident off the field as well.
Just weeks ago, their star quarterback Cam Newton was in a major car accident near the Bank of America stadium, and suffered injuries to his back. He sat out one game that they were able to win, and came back to start the next week and lead them into the playoffs.
The fire at Ron Rivera’s family home occurred early in the morning, and Rivera told Charlotte’s WSOC-TV that he heard the smoke detectors going off. Rivera was in the house at the time along with his wife, Stephanie, his two brothers, and their wives.
#Panthers spokesperson says Rivera plans to address media at normal time (1230) at stadium. Still working on temporary living arrangements.
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) January 5, 2015
The Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisle reported that “It’s a busy week ahead for the city of Charlotte, including this family, who is devastated by the fire. Early indications are this is an accidental fire.” It took the firefighters over a hour to contain the fire, and cause is still unknown.
It is a big week for Ron Rivera and the Panthers as they get ready to travel to Seattle in order to play the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday night. The Panthers hosted the Cardinals in the wildcard game and won 27-16, holding the Cardinals to under 100 yards of offense.
— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) January 5, 2015
As a result of the fire in Ron Rivera’s home, most of the damage occurred in the areas of the roof and the attic. The house also suffered water and smoke damage, and he will be forced to find a new place to live temporarily.[Photo Credit: Twitter]