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Falcons Draft Pick Grady Jarrett Loses Portion Of Home In Fire-Falcons Pitch In


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The Atlanta Falcons confirmed fifth-round draft pick Grady Jarrett's home in Conyers, Georgia, caught fire on Friday night.

Jarrett said there were 30 to 40 people in the home owned by his mother, Elisha Jarrett, at the time of the fire, which occurred around the 43rd pick of the second round of Friday night's NFL draft. He said there were no injuries and that the game room, which is located over the garage, suffered the most damage.

"It was just a really unfortunate situation," Jarrett said. "... We were just watching the draft and smelled something a little funny. We went to the kitchen and nothing was going on in there. And some people came running down from upstairs. The fire had already started, man, on the wall; too much for water to put out, the fire extinguisher to put out.

"We just couldn't do nothing but get everybody out the house and pray for the best. That section of the house is just really, really messed up. The key things lost were just a lot of my trophies and accolades, stuff like that. ... The most important thing was having everybody out. We have good insurance. We should be OK."

Jarrett said an investigation into how the fire started was still pending. As of Saturday afternoon, he said he was at his cousin's house but that he and his mother had yet to figure out where they would stay in the interim.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank ordered the team's staff to help Jarrett purchase some clothes following the fire, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

"When I talked to them, they said whatever I need, they'll help me out," Jarrett said of the Falcons' assistance. "It's just a blessing."

Jarrett, a defensive tackle from Clemson, was the second player from the school drafted by the Falcons, following first-round pick Vic Beasley.

Jarrett is the son of former Falcon star Jessie Tuggle, a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker. Tuggle held up a card and announced his son's drafting during a Falcons draft party at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Falcons swapped fifth-round picks with the Minnesota Vikings and also gave up their sixth-round pick to move up and select Jarrett.


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