The fire that erupted at Beyonce and Jay-Z’s New Orleans mansion on Wednesday evening is reportedly being investigated as a possible arson.
The property went up in a blaze and 22 firefighters responded to the scene in the Garden District area to try to get it under control.
It was reported to be fully extinguished two hours later and thankfully no one was injured following the horrific scenes.
According to Nola.com, the New Orleans Fire Department said it learned of the fire after one of the smoke alarms in the home was activated at approximately 6:20pm.
And it says that the police officers also received a report of a suspicious person nearby at the same time that they looked into and determined the suspicious-person call was connected to the fire.
According to a statement from the Police Department’s public information office, the city emergency officials classified this as arson.
While the origin of the fire is yet to be officially disclosed, a source told Nola that it appeared to have started in the kitchen, where firefighters found books inside an oven, and a petrol can was also seen in the house.
A spokesperson for the fire department told the New York Post: “If they didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse. It’s a historic home.”
The full extent of the damage is not yet clear.
The stunning home, worth a reported £1.75 million ($2.4 million) has been owned by a management company, named Sugarcane Park LLC, since 2015 – Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles is the manager of the company.
It has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and spans 15,200 square feet.
Realtor.com claims that the eye-catching property was first built in 1927 as the Westminster Presbyterian church.
The site says that before it was transitioned into a home in 2000, the building was used by a ballet company.
The blaze follows reports in March that the singer lost more than $1million worth of valuables following a raid at her storage units.
According to TMZ, the Crazy in Love singer’s lockups in Los Angeles were hit twice by thieves and those involved made off with designer dresses and handbags.
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