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Home of Michael Carter-Williams goes up in flames during tournament game

The Massachusetts home of Syracuse University basketball star Michael Carter-Williams has been destroyed by a massive fire.<br /><img src="http://www.9wsyr.com/images/common/camera.jpg" /> <a href="http://www.9wsyr.com/Photo.aspx?slideshow=a4977b5e-f216-487a-ba0d-0220acf897bd" target="_blank">Photos from the scene</a>
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Hamilton, Mass. (WSYR-TV) - The Massachusetts home of Syracuse University basketball star Michael Carter-Williams has been destroyed by a massive fire, according to a Boston TV station.

WCVB reports that the fire started around 10:30 Saturday night at the Hamilton, Mass. home of Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, the mother of Carter-Williams. Hamilton is about 30 miles north of Boston.

Firefighters were called to a fire in an outside wood stove.

When firefighters arrived at the home, there was heavy fire in the attic and around the chimney.

Firefighters had to be evacuated from the home twice because of the fire’s intensity.

The flames were under control by 12:50 a.m.

The family was watching SU's game against the University of California when the fire broke out, the station reports. No one was injured.

Carter-Williams tweeted on Sunday morning, "Thanks for the prayers everyone all thats important to me is my family is okay."

Carter-Williams' mother was at the game in San Jose on Saturday.  During the game, the star point guard noticed her crying in the arena.

"He saw me get upset from a timeout and he started asking me what was wrong," said Carter-Zegarowski.

She had an academic advisor tell her son a "white lie" as she called it; something to keep him focused.

"I had to pull it together and I knew he had to finish the game strong. I knew if he thought I was upset, he would be bothered by that."

Carter-Williams got the news of what happened in Massachusetts when the game ended.

"He's obviously had a wonderful year and now he has to just concentrate a little bit harder," said his step-father Zach Zegarowski.

Zegarowski was in the home at the time of the fire. "Two minutes and that's all we got. We had to be evacuated from the house."

Carter-Williams' mother returned to a home that was mostly destroyed. "If they had lost [the game] it would have been a double whammy.  So I was able to be happy for him and that something positive was coming out of the night."

Most of Carter-Williams' All-American trophies were destroyed.  His mother said once he found out his family was okay, he was fine.  She is certain this will not be a distraction for Thursday's game.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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