A fire outbreak at a New Orleans multimillion-dollar mansion, reportedly owned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z has been classified to be a possible arson, started out by a soon-to-be-proven suspect.
According to NOLA.com, the three-story building was engulfed in flames for approximately two hours before a team of 22 firefighters extinguished it. Authorities say emergency personnel were notified about a one-alarm fire at around 6:15 p.m. local time when a residential fire alarm went off.
New Orleans Police Department confirmed that there was a report of a suspicious person in the area on Wednesday, July 21, around 6.20 pm, when the fire was believed to have broken out. Authorities reportedly believe the fire began in the house’s kitchen, where they found a gasoline can and books in an oven inside the house. Upon arriving and investigating, they determined the fire had been set to the property even though there’s no evidence on the ground yet indicating it was arson.
Although it’s unclear if anyone was inside the mansion at the time of the fire, officials say no injuries were reported in connection to the incident. It’s also unclear how the blaze started and the extent of damage it caused to the property.
Representatives of Beyoncé and Jay-Z did not respond to requests for comment. Neither Beyoncé nor her husband Jay-Z have confirmed that they own the home, which is blurred on Google Maps but Orleans Parish property records and Louisiana state records indicate that the listed owner is linked to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment LLC, which is an entertainment and management company founded by Beyoncé.
The house was reportedly built in 1925 as a Presbyterian church before it was re-purposed as a ballet school. The 3-story building features a main residence, 3 separate apartments, 26-foot ceilings and a green roof. A number of outlets have also cited a 2013 listing that priced the mansion at $2.5 million.