The New Orleans home of Beyonce that is a historic $2.4 million mansion reportedly caught fire Wednesday night and is being investigated as “simple arson”.
The fire began at 6:15 p.m. central daylight time and was fully extinguished by 8:30 p.m. after 22 firefighters reported to the scene, a department spokesperson confirmed to The Post.
“If they didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse. It’s a historic home,” the spokesperson told The Post, adding that there were no injuries and no evacuations.
Local outlet Nola.com previously reported that the property was owned by the 39-year-old “Homecoming” superstar and her husband, rap legend and Roc Nation guru Jay-Z, a k a Shawn Carter, 51. The New Orleans ABC affiliate also tied the residence to the Carters — and reported later Thursday that the fire was now under investigation as “simple arson” after reports of a “suspicious person” loitering around the area surrounding the property at the time of the blaze.
The cause of the Garden District fire — which was contained by 7 p.m. and rose to only a one-alarm status — has not been determined. However, ABC affiliate WGNO reported Thursday evening that New Orleans police are investigating the blaze as “simple arson” and that the department “received a report of a suspicious person in the area around the time of the fire.”
UPDATE: NOPD confirms the fire at the home reportedly owned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z is being investigated as simple arson. PD received tip about suspicious person around the same time/ area as fire. @WGNOtv pic.twitter.com/3P4ThP4LeV
— Chris Welty (@Chris_R_Welty) July 22, 2021
Although the home is assessed at over $2.4 million, it transferred hands in 2015 at only a nominal recorded price of $100, according to city records. It had been listed on the market for $2.5 million in 2013 by the previous owner, Sandra C. McNamara, records show.