Fire Damages UA Basketball Player’s Home

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A Saturday morning fire damaged an University of Arkansas basketball player's home.

Alandise Harris, of Little Rock, lived in the home on 5020 Stepney Court in Fayetteville, and Fayetteville Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a fire there at 6:15 a.m. Saturday. Fire officials said it took 35 minutes to contain the fire, and the Wedington Fire Department assisted in the effort.

The extent of the damage was unknown, but the single-story home had a large hole in the roof and the front windows were boarded up. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, fire department officials said.

Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson said he was aware of the fire at Harris' residence. As a student, Harris can apply for help from the university's student opportunity fund to help with any emergency expenses that might arise, university officials said.

"I ... am thankful that no one was injured," Anderson said in a released statement. "We will assist Alandise in every way possible to help him get through this trying time."

Harris, a 6-6 forward, played two seasons at Houston, where he averaged 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. He sat out this past season because of transfer rules but has two years of eligibility remaining.