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Former Pa. Home Of Mario Andretti Destroyed By Fire

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NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — The former eastern Pennsylvania home of race car driver Mario Andretti has been gutted by a fire.

The state police fire marshal said the blaze was accidentally sparked by a hot lawnmower parked among combustible materials in the garage.

Mario Andretti built the Nazareth home in 1967 on what was then known as Market Street. The road was renamed Victory Lane in 1969 to commemorate Andretti’s win at the Indianapolis 500.

Barbara Andretti, Mario Andretti’s daughter, said her parents sold the home in 1999.

Vigilance Hose Company No. 1 Fire Chief Danny Keenhold said the current owners were not home when the fire broke out Thursday evening. He said the house is a total loss.

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