50 Cent Home Engulfed in 'Suspicious' Fire

Queens home, which housed his son and ex despite eviction notices, burns down
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted May 30, 2008 9:08 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The multimillion-dollar, lawsuit-entangled New York home from which rapper 50 Cent was attempting to evict his son and baby mama went up in “definitely suspicious” flames early this morning, Newsday reports. An eyewitness told Newsday that the 32-year-old’s ex, Shaniqua Tompkins, and 10-year-old son were among six in the sprawling Long Island estate who suffered smoke inhalation. "She was all right," he said, adding: "But she was angry."

"I would say there is a strong—a strong, strong—possibility that it is suspicious," the fire chief told Newsday. "The rapid movement of the fire. The volume of the fire. ... It was engulfed. The home was totally gutted."