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Massive blaze destroys NBA announcer Mike Breen’s Long Island home


Longtime NBA announcer Mike Breen lost his Long Island home Sunday in a large fire.

Latest York radio host and Yankees announcer Michael Kay passed along a message Wednesday from Breen, a detailed friend, by which the voice of the Latest York Knicks said he and his wife were out of town that “there was no lack of life in any way.”

Kay added that the whole lot in the home was “destroyed,” leaving the Breens without their tangible “personal memories.”

In accordance with TMZ Sports, Breen’s home was the one shown online Sunday in photos and video of the blaze shared by the Manhasset-Lakeville (N.Y.) Fire Department. A department official told The Washington Post via email Thursday that the MLFD couldn’t confirm the homeowner because “no homeowner was present on the scene of the hearth.” He added that “multiple neighbors did report that the home was Mike Breen’s home.”

The MLFD stated in its online post that it was alerted to the blaze just after 4 a.m. Sunday. Units encountered a “fully involved house fire” and used hand lines, two ladder pipes and a deck gun to combat it.

“Mike and his wife, Roseanne, they were in California ending up a vacation before he starts the NBA season,” Kay said (via Awful Announcing) on his ESPN Latest York radio show. “They got a call right before they were getting on a plane that something had happened to the home. It burned all the way down to the bottom.”

“The rationale he asked me to say this,” Kay continued, “is that so many individuals have reached out, and he’s in the midst of attempting to get his life together coping with insurance firms, attempting to get clothes that he can wear on the air next week when the NBA starts.

“So he just wants everyone to know, throughout the sound of our voice, he considers himself absolutely blessed for the those that have reached out and asked to assist.”

Kay added that along with photos of Breen’s children and other personal mementos, Breen lost handwritten notes from every game he had called. It’s unclear how the blaze began; the MLFD official confirmed that the incident is under investigation.

Along with being a widely beloved figure amongst Knicks fans, the 61-year-old Breen is familiar to hundreds of thousands of NBA fans because the lead voice for the league on ABC and ESPN. Known for punctuating crucial baskets with a “Bang!” exclamation, he began announcing national games on ESPN in 2003 and has called the past 17 NBA Finals.

“Mike is a cherished member of the ESPN family and he knows he has our full support through this excruciating circumstance,” ESPN said in a press release. “We all know the damage is devastating, and at the identical time, we’re grateful that he and his family are secure.”

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