- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities in Las Vegas are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged the home of a hip hop figure and left an exotic pet wildcat dead.

Rapper and reality TV star Rashid “Mally Mall” Jamal wasn’t injured in the Thursday afternoon fire at his two-story home in southeast Las Vegas.

A Clark County fire official says firefighters discovered the cat, a caracal, unresponsive after dousing flames. The species is native to Africa, the Middle East and India, and can grow to about 40 pounds.

County officials told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (https://bit.ly/1VlDNKF ) the rapper had a permit for the cat.

In 2014, FBI agents served warrants at the home and Jamal’s company, Las Vegas Concierge VS1, as part of a federal human trafficking investigation. No charges have been filed.

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