Deniz Kilicli displaced after apartment fire

September, 30, 2011
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West Virginia junior forward Deniz Kilicli is temporarily out of a home after escaping uninjured from a fire in his apartment building Thursday, according to the Dominion Post.
"I had just come back from class and was in the bathroom when all this was happening," Kilicli said. "I smelled smoke, but I figured it was something little."

Shortly after fire crews arrived and made sure everyone was out of the building, Kilicli realized his was wrong. "Then I saw it, and it was huge," he said. "The whole side of the building was on fire." Kilicli worried about his signature Zakk Wylde and Slash guitars. He estimated their worth at nearly $10,000 total.

"No one got hurt and my guitars are safe," Kilicli said. "That's all I really care about."

The electrical fire provided an unwelcome jolt as well as a significant inconvenience to one of the Mountaineers' top returning players. Kilicli, who averaged 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season, told the paper he would reach out to coach Bob Huggins for assistance because he was unhappy about the potential emergency housing option available to him that was farther away from school.

"It is a big problem for me," Kilicli told the paper. "I have no car, and being within walking distance of my classes and campus is important."

The 6-foot-9 Kilicli is a native of Turkey, and his college experience hasn't always been smooth sailing. The NCAA suspended him for 20 games as a freshman after determining he had violated an amateurism rule by previously playing for a Turkish team that included a professional player.

And now, shortly before the start of official practices, Kilicli has another issue to deal with.

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