Police believe an arsonist burned Jay Z and Beyonce’s huge New Orleans mansion, MTO News learned.
According to the authorities, the fire apparently broke out in the kitchen of the house on Wednesday evening when firefighters found books in an oven and gas canisters in the house.
The New Orleans Fire Department announced to the media that they were alerted of the fire when a smoke alarm went on.
The three-story, 15,000-square-foot Spanish Baroque building was built in 1926 and cost $ 84,000 to build – an astronomical sum at the time. It originally housed the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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A man who claimed to be an eyewitness to the fire on Wednesday told local television station WGNO that he saw a man run out of the house.
“I went around the corner with my dog Ziggy Smalls and saw a lot of smoke,” August Arthur told WGNO. “My neighbor around the corner, she saw a guy jump over the fence on the back of Harmony and Eighth.”
Fortunately, there were no injuries, the TV station reported.