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Fire at Beyoncé’s Garden District mansion being investigated as a possible arson | Crime/Police

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The hearth that erupted late Wednesday inside a vacant Garden District mansion owned by pop famous person Beyoncé is being investigated as a possible arson.

The blaze within the 1500 block of Harmony Street appeared to have began within the kitchen, the place firefighters discovered books inside an oven, in line with a supply who was briefed on the investigation. A fuel can was additionally present in the home. 

Beyonce sings at Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans on Feb. 3, 2013. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

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Neighbors who requested to not be recognized stated authorities appeared to suspect that somebody broke into the house shortly earlier than the hearth. One neighbor stated individuals are recognized to make use of an unlocked gate to return onto and go away the property.

Another, Jacques Michell, stated: “Inside the house, I’ve never seen any activity in the two years I’ve been here. No activity at all.”

A smoke alarm at the almost century-old dwelling went off round 6:20 p.m., about the identical time that police obtained a report of a suspicious particular person within the 3100 block of St. Charles Avenue, simply across the nook, in line with authorities.

No accidents reported in 1500 block of Harmony Street

Officers decided the suspicious-person name was linked to the hearth, which was later categorized as an arson, in line with the New Orleans Police Department.

No one had lived within the dwelling lately, however the home did have working utilities, hearth officers stated. They declined to remark what could have triggered the one-alarm blaze, however on Thursday, investigators with the hearth division, police division and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been seen inside the house.

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ATF investigates with the New Orleans Police Department and the New Orleans Fire Department after a hearth within the 1500 block of Harmony road in New Orleans, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Sophia Germer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

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A mansion within the 1500 block of Harmon Street in New Orleans caught hearth on Wednesday night time.

The dwelling the place the hearth was reported has been owned since 2015 by Sugarcane Park LLC, which lists a mailing handle for Parkwood Entertainment LLC — the administration firm owned by none apart from pop famous person Beyoncé.

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The blaze is simply the newest chapter within the lengthy historical past of the Harmony Street mansion.

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The 15,000-square-foot, three-story Spanish baroque constructing was constructed in 1926 by the then-fledgling Westminster Presbyterian Church. It drew inspiration from Latin America’s Mission-style church buildings and price $84,000 to construct.

The church’s founding pastor, admitted Ku Klux Klan chief J.C. Barr, left in 1930 following a disagreement over the closure of a Presbyterian hospital.

The congregation stayed at the constructing till the late Nineteen Sixties. After that it sat vacant for a number of years.

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Renowned New Orleans ballet teacher Harvey Hysell, who was the son of a church organist, spent about $100,000 to amass the constructing in 1977 and switch it into a ballet college. The college operated there till 2001, coaching a era of New Orleans dancers, earlier than new house owners renovated the constructing into a three-bedroom, 3½-bath home.

In 2015, it was Beyoncé’s flip to personal the house.

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City information present that a shell firm itemizing a mailing handle for the administration agency owned by the 28-time Grammy winner, Parkwood Entertainment, bought the house for $2.6 million that 12 months.

That property is separate from one other century-old New Orleans church that Beyoncé reportedly purchased in 2018, at the nook of Camp and Seventh Street, roughly a half-mile away.

Parkwood Entertainment didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Beyoncé’s supervisor, Michael Oppenheim, stated Thursday that he was unaware of the hearth and declined remark.

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