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Home of UNT defensive lineman Novil destroyed in fire

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

The home of North Texas defensive lineman Dion Novil was destroyed in a fire Sunday morning.

Novil was at his home in Abilene when the fire gutted the home, according to a report from KTXS-TV (Channel 12), an ABC affiliate in Abilene.   

UNT coach Seth Littrell took to Twitter on Sunday to share the news and appeal to the program's fans to help the family. Dion Novil is one of Donna Novil's five sons.

Novil came to UNT after a standout career at Abilene Wylie, where he was a first-team all-district selection as a senior. He played in four games as a freshman with the Mean Green and finished with three tackles.


Novil came on late in the season and posted two tackles in UNT's loss to Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA championship game.

The KTXS report laid out the circumstances surrounding the fire. The Abilene Fire Department responded to a call at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Four of the five siblings were at the home. All made it out safely.

Investigators told KTXS  that the cause of the fire was an "improperly placed and unattended incense burner" and that the house is a total loss.

Littrell shared a link to a fund to help the family and appealed to UNT's fans for help.

"Please keep Dion Novil & his family in your thoughts & prayers after losing their home in a fire last night," Littrell wrote on Twitter. "A website has been set up for anyone wanting to donate. #MeanGreenFamily come together and help one of our own! That's what family is all about!"

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.