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Fire damages Cullen Davis' home in Colleyville

COLLEYVILLE -- A fire near a water heater erupted Wednesday morning at the home of famed oilman Cullen Davis, but no injuries were reported.

A similar fire was reported near the water heater in October 2006, causing an estimated $150,000 damage, according to fire reports.

On Wednesday, firefighters took about 20 minutes to extinguish the flames at Davis’ home in the 5800 block of Ballantrae Drive. Davis and his wife were home at the time, according to reports.

The fire was reported shortly after 9 a.m.

Investigators believe the blaze started in a garage near the water heater, but they have not determined a cause. The fire was contained to the garage, an attic and a game room, but there was smoke damage throughout the house, said Mona Gandy, a city spokeswoman.

A damage estimate was not available.

The Tarrant Appraisal District placed the appraised and market value of the home at $391,300.

Firefighters from Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills, Bedford and Grapevine were on the scene.

In 1976, Cullen Davis was accused of killing two people, including his 12-year-old stepdaughter, at his mansion in west Fort Worth. He was acquitted.

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