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'Big Brother' contestant's Hillcrest home burns

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published September 15, 2010 at 9:08 a.m. Updated September 16, 2010 at 9:48 a.m.

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Boards and a tarp help cover damage to a Hillcrest home damaged in a fire early Wednesday morning.

"Big Brother" cast photo of Britney Haynes

— The Hillcrest home of a contestant on the CBS reality show "Big Brother" was heavily damaged in a fire early Wednesday, the same day she was to appear on the program's live finale.

Laura Grisham said her son, Nick Grisham, was awakened by the blaze at the home on the corner of Van Buren Street and Lee Avenue. Nick Grisham, who made it out without injury, is the fiance of Britney Haynes, the 23-year-old woman eliminated from winning the reality competition in last week's episode. She is slated to vote for the show's winner in tonight's finale.

Laura Grisham said the couple picked out the rental home and that her son in July helped move Haynes' belongings into the residence after she left to appear on "Big Brother," where she is sequestered from the outside world.

Nick Grisham called the producers to let them know about the fire, Laura Grisham said.

"He told them what happened and they agreed they wouldn't say anything to Britney," Laura Grisham said. "She can't do anything. The final show is tonight and it's live. There's no sense in her knowing."

Nick Grisham went back inside to rescue the couple's two dogs and family members have been able to salvage some possessions, Laura Grisham said. She said her son was to fly to Los Angeles later Wednesday to meet Haynes after the show.

He was concerned about how Haynes would react to the news, Laura Grisham said.

"He hasn't seen her in three months and he's afraid she's going to be mad," Laura Grisham said. "I said 'you don't understand son, you are lucky to be alive, especially after going back in two more times to get the dogs out.'"

The blaze was started by a small grill in the backyard that ignited the grass, spreading to a trash can and then the house, investigators said. Laura Grisham said her son was grilling and that the fire started some time after he finished despite his dousing the coals in water.

The house was fully involved when crews arrived about 1:30 a.m., said Little Rock Fire Department Capt. Randy Hickmon. It took about an hour-and-a-half to get the fire under control.

The single-story, blue structure is still standing with a large burned area at its rear, where the windows are boarded up and a tarp covers part of the roof and an adjacent wall. Burn and heat marks are visible on other parts of the structure.

Preliminary total damage is estimated at $50,000.

In the finale of Big Brother on Wednesday night, Brittney was awarded a $25,000 prize for being voted as America's Favorite Houseguest.

This article was originally published at 7:11 a.m.

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Lizz says... September 15, 2010 at 12:36 p.m.

Glad nobody was hurt.

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greeneyez1432 says... September 15, 2010 at 1:24 p.m.

Thank God no one got hurt..Lives are not replaceable..Material items can be replaced.
I agree tonight is the finale of BB, let Britney get threw that and the backyard interviews before she learns the news..
I believe she will be thankful that Nick and the pets are unharmed.

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Anastasia says... September 15, 2010 at 4:39 p.m.

Thank GOD no one was hurt, and Nick even got the puppies out! Poor Brit. So sorry this happened to you guys :( Sending thoughts and prayers to you all!

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gmlann says... September 15, 2010 at 4:41 p.m.

I AM REALLY SORRY TO HEAR THIS, I CAN NOT AMAGINE HOW SHE IS GOING TO TAKE THIS IS THERE ANYWAY WE ALL CAN MAKE A DONATION TO HER RECOVERY? PLEASE CALL ME 9417946598,OR EMAIL.GMLANN46@HOTMAIL.COM. WE ALL REALLY SHOULD PITCH IN AND HELP IN THIS TIME OF NEED.. ARKANSAS PAPER , IF YOU READ THIS COMMENT ID THERE A FUND WE CAN SEND MONEY TOO?

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vic14 says... September 15, 2010 at 6:37 p.m.

Lets see if the guilt factor sets in when The Big Brother winner is selected tonight. Britney deserves some of the winnings.

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ChristyC43 says... September 15, 2010 at 7:53 p.m.

So sorry this happened to you, Brit. I was routing for you to win! I hope maybe you'll win the $25,000 that America voted for and that will help with your loss. I sure voted for you. Take care.

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Morgancub says... September 15, 2010 at 8:48 p.m.

Sorry about her losing her home.. i would be a little concerned about not being told, reguardless of the circumstancs... that's just me

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ouchie says... September 15, 2010 at 10:54 p.m.

Perfect! Britney, now you can take the money you recieved as a reward for being a catty, cold hearted you know what to pay for your damaged belongings with! Karma baby!! Put that in your tiara and smokeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it!!

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DDavis88 says... September 15, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.

So sorry about yall's loss Brittney. First year watching BB and was cheering for you all the way and Lane. :)

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BrittneyFan says... September 15, 2010 at 11:34 p.m.

Britney you have a place in my heart after watching you for the last few months! Im so glad you won Americas vote. I will be praying for you and Nick. Im glad no one was hurt, puppies included! Nick sounds like a great guy. I hope to hear more from you in the future! God Bless!!!

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