Energy exec's home damaged by fire

cynthia_and_anthony_petrello Cynthia and Anthony Petrello at the Periwinkle Foundation Benefit at The Houstonian Saturday April 8, 2006.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

The home of Anthony Petrello, president of drilling giant Nabors Industries, was damaged by flames Wednesday morning, but there do not appear to be any injuries. Petrello’s $12 million home — the historic home once owned by William Stamps Farish II, one of the founders of Exxon predecessor Humble Oil — is located near Rice University in the gated community of Shadyside.
Petrello regularly ranks among Houston’s top paid executives, coming in at No. 6 in the Chronicle’s 2008 survey with a total package of $22.9 million. Most of the payment was in cash.
Earlier this year the city took up a complaint Petrello made against a neighbor who refused to sell his house to him. Petrello wants the house to be used for a medical team to care for his young daughter, who has cerebral palsy, and to eventually become her home. He claimed the neighbor’s refusal to sell it was discriminatory.
Petrello and his wife Cynthia are big supporters of Houston arts, regularly making the Chron’s society column for events supporting the Houston Grand Opera.