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50 Cent's Long Island Home Burns in "Suspicious" Fire

May 30, 2008 2:38 PM ET

A "suspicious" fire broke out at a Dix Hills, New York, home owned by rapper 50 Cent and occupied by the rapper's ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Perkins and their 10-year-old child Marquise. All six people in the house at the time, including Perkins and her son, were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The house was at the middle of a legal battle between 50 Cent and Perkins as 50 moved to evict Perkins and his son if they didn't pay $4,500 a month in rent. Asked why he felt the fire was "definitely suspicious," the Dix Hills Fire Chief said "The rapid movement of the fire...It was engulfed. The home was totally gutted." Adding more fuel to the fire is this video of 50 Cent and Perkins arguing with one another on the streets of New York City just days before the fire.

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