Faulty fireplace caused fire at home of Panthers coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Fire Department says the improper installation of a modular fireplace or a material defect caused a fire that resulted in $500,000 in damage to the home of Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Jan. 5.

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The department released its final report Thursday in a press release, saying it has ruled out foul play or criminal activity. Their investigation is now closed.

No one was hurt in the blaze.

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Rivera and his wife Stephanie are expected to be displaced for six to eight months while the house is rebuilt.

Investigators found a missing base plate and a hairline fracture in the fireplace.

Fire causes $500K damage at Panthers' coach Ron Rivera's home

The report says "the material or fuel which first ignited was the sub-floor, which was in direct contact with the bottom portion of the fireplace."

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