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Lucy
May 1st, 2004, 07:27 PM
Saturday, May 1, 2004


ESPN.com news services
ROME -- Andy Roddick helped evacuate guests onto the roof of a Rome hotel while a fire that killed three people was raging, the ATP revealed Saturday.


Two Canadian guests died in their room and an American jumped from his window and died.


No players were injured, ATP Tour spokesman Nicola Arzani said. The players were staying in the five-star Parco dei Principi hotel while competing at the Italian Open, which begins Monday.


Arzani said the players were evacuated at about 5 a.m. and stood outside for several hours until they were taken to the nearby Austrian Embassy. They were later allowed back to the hotel to retrieve belongings.


Several players had their rackets and other equipment damaged, and were forced to reschedule their practices.


"A lot of people lost equipment," Arzani said. "[Russian Marat] Safin lost a lot, he couldn't practice today."


Arzani said he didn't know how many players were staying at the hotel since some were still arriving from other tournaments.


In addition to the second-ranked Roddick and Safin, Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina and Max Mirnyi of Belarus were also evacuated.


Mirnyi was seen outside the hotel following the evacuation, covering himself with a blanket while wearing only shorts.


The American who died was identified as James Lawery, from Georgia. The Canadian couple's names were Bernice Mary Joan Busque and Paul Emile Busque, and their hometowns were not known.


The blaze spread to other rooms on the floor and smoke billowed throughout the hotel, forcing the guests to evacuate.


Police questioned two Americans, who have spoken with a U.S. consular official, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

crazillo
May 1st, 2004, 08:18 PM
There is a thread wher u can find this article in! :lick:

Lucy
May 1st, 2004, 11:50 PM
oh! i didn't know it was already posted.

crazzzy_grrl
May 2nd, 2004, 10:16 AM
Lleyton Hewitt was supposed to be staying there too but hadnt arrived yet. They just said it on the news then