December 31, 2009 / 12:10 AM / in 9 years

Fire burns Houston home where Howard Hughes wed

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A fire on Wednesday damaged the $12 million Houston mansion where aerospace mogul Howard Hughes married his first wife in 1925 but caused no injuries, officials said.

The home was designed by New York architect Harrie T. Lindberg for William Stamps Farish, the founder of Humble Oil, which was one of the companies that eventually became Exxon Mobil Corp.

According to a biography of Hughes, the mansion at 10 Remington Lane was where Hughes married Ella Rice, the sister of Farish’s wife.

Tax and legal records show the home now belongs to Anthony Petrello, who has been chief operating officer of Nabors Industries Ltd since 1992, and his wife, Cynthia.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze and the fire was extinguished just after 1 p.m., according to Houston Fire Department officials.

A Nabors spokesman declined to comment, except to say Petrello was busy taking care of his family on Wednesday.

Reporting by Braden Reddall in San Francisco and Anna Driver in Houston; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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