A Long Island, N.Y. home belonging to rapper 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) burned down Friday, the Associated Press reports.
Six people were hospitalized but in stable condition after suffering from smoke inhalation. Their names have not been released, but a lawyer for 50 Cent’s former girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, says she lived in the house with her two children, including her 10-year-old son, Marquis, with the rapper.
Arson investigators reported to the scene on Friday, and firefighters call the blaze “suspicious.”
A spokesperson for the musician, who was not at the house, released a statement Friday expressing relief that no one was hurt in the incident. “Informed this morning while filming a new motion picture on location in Louisiana, Curtis Jackson expressed deep concern over this fire at his property,” said the spokesperson. “He is extremely thankful that everyone including his son, Marquis, escaped the burning house safely. He is confident that authorities will be conducting a thorough investigation of the incident and is eager to review their findings.”
One of the first firefighters to arrive at the house, Dix Hills Fire Department Chief Larry Feld, told Newsday, “I would say there is a strong – a strong, strong – possibility that [the fire] is suspicious.” When asked why, he replied: “The rapid movement of the fire. The volume of the fire … It was engulfed. The home was totally gutted.”
Tompkins filed suit against 50 Cent earlier in the year, alleging that he promised her the house – valued at $2.4 million – over a decade ago.
– Brian Orloff