Several residents of a Delray Beach condominium were evacuated from their homes on Tuesday after an early morning fire broke out in a unit owned by a former professional basketball player.
Former Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets player Jayson Williams told WPTV that a fire in the Ocean Place high-rise building along South Ocean Boulevard had started inside his condo.
Williams told WPTV he was at the gym and was not home at the time.
The 1990 NBA first-round pick spent nine seasons in the league before a leg injury forced him to retire in 2000. He has had several legal run-ins over the years, including a sentence from prison after pleading guilty to assault for his role. in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver in 2002.
Delray Beach firefighters said by the time they arrived most of the people living inside were already out, but six elderly residents needed help.
One of them was in a wheelchair and had to be taken down by the fire department.
Dick McQuade, who has lived in the building for about 24 years, said he woke up to the sound of the fire alarm. McQuade said that upon entering the hallway it was filled with smoke.
Firefighters said no one was injured and the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.
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