Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard loses Virginia home in early-morning fire
Stefan and his son safely escaped before the two-story house became engulfed in flames. WVIR has video of the fire and reports that part of the house’s roof collapsed. Ivy is just outside Dave Matthews Band’s base in Charlottesville, Va.
Blog-Eyed Fish will post updates throughout the day as they come in.
UPDATE (6:13 p.m.): The Associated Press is reporting that Stefan and his son escaped the house after they heard “crackling” in the kitchen. Investigators now think the fire started outside the house — previous reports said it started on the first floor — but arson or foul play is not suspected, the AP said. In addition, WRIV reports that firefighters were able to salvage some “irreplaceable” photos and awards.
UPDATE (1:19 p.m.): WVIR also reports that Stefan’s house was worth $1.1 million, and adding in the contents of the house, Stefan and his family are facing a $2 million loss overall.
UPDATE (12:26 p.m.): The fire started around 7 or 7:30 a.m. WCAV reports it took 40 firefighters to battle the flames, and the house burned quickly because its exterior was cedar. WVIR adds that Stefan called 911 after escaping, but “the home is likely a total loss.”
Photo courtesy: WCAV