A $2.4 million historic New Orleans mansion apparently owned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z caught fire Wednesday night, and the blaze is now being investigated as a case of “simple arson,” according to The New Orleans Advocate and other news outlets.
At 6:15 p.m. central daylight time, the fire began in the vacant property in the exclusive Garden District and quickly escalated to a one-alarm situation. It was fully extinguished by 8:30 p.m. after 22 firefighters rushed to the scene, a department spokesperson confirmed to The Post. No one was harmed in the blaze.
“If they didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse. It’s a historic home,” the representative said, adding that no one was injured or evacuated.
The cause of the Garden District fire remains unknown. According to ABC affiliate WGNO, New Orleans police are investigating the fire as “simple arson” and have “received a report of a suspicious person in the area around the time of the fire.”
The Advocate reported that police got reports of a suspicious figure in the neighborhood immediately before the fire broke out. Within the kitchen oven, investigators discovered literature and a fuel can.
According to the Advocate, the home was purchased for $2.6 million in 2015 by a shell business with the same mailing address as Parkwood Entertainment, Beyonce’s management company.
In 2015, Sugarcane Park LLC acquired the residence. The LLC is controlled by Celestine Lawson, Beyoncé’s mother, also known as Miss Tina, and is registered at the singer’s Sherman Oaks address, which also serves as the address for numerous other LLCs.
According to Realtor.com, the six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath property was built in 1927 as the Westminster Presbyterian church. The city documents state that the area of the property is 15,200 square feet. It had housed an eight-dancer ballet society before being transformed into a home in 2000.
Beyoncé’s representative did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.