The weekend started off great for Panthers coach Ron Rivera. His team knocked off the Cardinals in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs on Saturday afternoon and will now head to Seattle to square off against the Seahawks. But Rivera's weekend nearly ended in tragedy when a fire started at his home very early Monday morning.

According to Rivera, the fire started in the upper level of his home in Charlotte. However, fire detectors woke him and his family, and they were able to get out of the house before anyone was injured. More than 55 firefighters responded to the fire, which was eventually contained to the roof and the attic of the home before it was put out completely. And while there was quite a bit of damage done to the house, Rivera and his family are just glad that no one was hurt during the blaze.

"Everybody is OK, and that's the most important thing," Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said a short time ago.

Here's a photo of Rivera's house:

This obviously wasn't the best way for Rivera to end his weekend. But we're glad to hear that everyone got out of his house this morning.

[via ESPN]

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