According to multiple reports, firefighters responded Wednesday night to a “1-alarm fire” at a Spanish baroque mansion in the Garden District of New Orleans. The fire department got the call around 6 PM local time, and it took over two hours to put out the blaze.
At this point, the extent of the damage is unclear, but the massive fire took 22 firefighters to battle and knock down the flames. The good news, there are no reported injuries — but the cause of the fire is still unknown. Apparently, a smoke alarm inside the home alerted the fire department to the fire.
“Developing: The New Orleans mansion reportedly owned by Beyoncé caught fire tonight. It is now under control. No injuries were reported,” a local news station tweeted.
“If they didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse. It’s a historic home,” a spokesperson told PageSix.
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As we reported, Sugarcane Park LLC owns the property, which acquired the home in 2015. The company is managed by Celestine Lawson (the legal name of Beyonce’s mother) and is registered to a Sherman Oaks address which houses several other of the singer’s businesses. The home is reportedly worth $2.4 million on paper, but based on the home’s historical value, it is worth much more.
Of course, Beyonce and Jay-Z own several massive mansions, including one in Los Angeles which they spend most of their time. The couple also owns homes in New York, where they travel frequently.
The historic home features six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms and was built in 1927 as the Westminster Presbyterian church. The building itself spans 15,200 square feet. Back in 2000, the building was converted into a home after spending years housing an eight-dancer ballet company. Plus, it features a 26-foot-tall ‘great room’ which was once the sanctuary of the church.