A Christmas Eve fire erupted at the New Jersey home of Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey, but the family escaped uninjured.
The New York Post reported on the incident while Philadelphia-area TV stations got video footage of the fire.
ABC 6 in Philadelphia showed firefighters, with ladders leading up to house windows, battling the fire in the suburban town of Voorhees in Camden County.
Reportedly, the Friday night fire broke out around 7 p.m. Firefighters contained the blaze by 11 p.m.
Maxey House Damaged During Three-Hour Blaze
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the brick house showed heavy damages with missing windows and exterior smoke marks. Witness saw parts of the home’s inside from outside that appeared to be damaged. Firefighters said the fire’s origin was unknown on Saturday.
Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen said in an email statement that “The fire that occurred [Friday] night at … Fairway Drive has been deemed accidental and started in the garage.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer said firefighters focused on the garage with their hoses, and a photo of a burnt-out car was on the newspaper’s website.
Houses in that particular area of central New Jersey sell for millions of dollars. The house is near a golf course about 30 minutes away from the Sixers’ home court, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Maxey Family OK After Fire
The team confirmed the home belonged to the 21-year-old man and said there were no injuries from the fire. According to the Philly Voice, Maxey’s family is in town but is OK. The Inquirer reported that the family was staying at a hotel.
Tyrese Maxey, a Texas native, is in his second pro season. The former Kentucky guard averages 17 points and 4.6 assists per game while trying to fill in for the troubled star Ben Simmons. Before the season, Simmons announced he would sit out the season because he demanded a trade. The team could not accommodate the star’s request.
Maxey shares the agent Rich Paul as Simmons. Earlier this season, amid the Simmons controversy, Paul reportedly pushed the team to trade Maxey. The website BroBible said Paul told Maxey to stay out of local charity events because he didn’t want the player to get too attached to the area in case of a trade. News of that advice got out, and fans criticized Paul on social media.
According to HoopsHype, Maxey is making $2,602,920 this season in the second year of a four-year, $12 million deal. Maxey’s salary ranks ninth among the team’s highest-paid players. His contract goes through the 2024-2025 season.
The Sixers were 16-16 early Christmas Day. The team is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and will play Sunday against the Washington Wizards.
Maxey’s status for the game is unknown.