Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain's Alabama home burned to the ground last night, and investigators would love to find out more about a car seen speeding from the scene.

McClain's offseason home, the mansion went up in flames about 6 p.m. yesterday. One witness reported hearing an explosion and seeing a car racing away from the house minutes before the conflagration. Detectives and fire marshals were combing the wreckage today, and were planning to bring in a dog to detect the possible use of an accelerant.

"Anytime you have a vacant house go up, particularly one of that value, you have to consider it suspicious," [Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Norris] said. "Every house in that neighborhood is probably over $1 million."

The house, a six-bedroom, five-bath number on Lake Tuscaloosa, had been listed for sale on multiple real estate websites with an asking price of $1.5 million.

McClain, who attended the nearby University of Alabama, abruptly retired from the NFL last year at the age of 24 after a string of arrests. But he rejoined the Cowboys this season, and has been something of a quiet revelation on that Dallas defense.


[Associated Press]

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