Kevin Harvick's House Catches Fire, Family Escapes Unharmed

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2013

Nov 10, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (29) celebrates with his son Keelan Paul after winning the AdvoCare 500 race at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, wife DeLana and one-year-old son Keelan escaped their home in Oak Ridge, N.C., Wednesday morning after a fire broke out.

Local fire departments were able to contain the blaze, which started in Harvick's basement, per a statement released by the family Wednesday afternoon via NASCAR's official site:

Last night the local fire department was called to the Harvick's house where a fire started in the basement in the early morning hours. There was structural and smoke damage within the area. Kevin, DeLana and Keelan were not injured. Thank you all for the outpouring of concern.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Kevin and DeLana were quick to take to social media the same morning to reassure those concerned about their well-being:

Harvick finished third in the final 2013 Sprint Cup Series points standings recently and will make the jump to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. The 37-year-old driver has over 70 wins in NASCAR's top three divisions over the course of his illustrious career.

He started the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in dominant fashion by winning both the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duels at Daytona. Harvick also captured first at the Toyota Owners 400 and had a memorable comeback on the last cycle of pit stops at the Coca-Cola 600 to finish first.

Two more wins at the Hollywood Casino 400 and the AdvoCare 500 highlighted Harvick's season before his third-place finish overall in the standings.

Harvick and DeLana started the Kevin Harvick Foundation in 2010 to help programs that work with children across the country.


Note: All info courtesy of Kevin Harvick's site unless otherwise noted.