A fire that broke out at a mansion believed to belong to Beyoncé and Jay Z is being investigated as possible arson.
New Orleans Police Department confirms that there was a report of a suspicious person in the area on Wednesday, July 21, around 6.20 pm, believing that was when the fire broke out.
The fire in the 1500 block of Harmony Street in New Orleans appeared to have begun in the kitchen.
According to a report, firefighters found books inside an oven and a gas can was also discovered on the property.
A neighbor reported that police believe that someone broke into the home shortly before the fire.
It took 22 firefighters over two hours to extinguish the fire.
A witness told a reporter that he saw a man running from the property.
August Arther said: “I was walking around the corner with my dog… and I saw a lot of smoke coming out.
“My neighbor around the corner, she saw a dude jump over the fence on the backside of Harmony and Eighth.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were seen at the property on July 22.
“If they didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse. It’s a historic home,” a fire department spokesperson stated.
According to a report, the stunning home, worth a reported $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.
By Taiyelolu A