Police believe and arsonist burned down Jay Z and Beyonce’s giant New Orleans mansion, MTO News has learned.
According to authorities, the fire appeared to have been started in the kitchen of the home on Wednesday evening, as firefighters found books inside of an oven, as well as gas can inside the home.
The New Orleans Fire Department told media that they were alerted of the fire when a smoke alarm was activated .
The three-story, 15,000-square-foot Spanish baroque building was built in 1926 and cost $84,000 to build – an astronomical amount at that time.. It initially housed the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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One man claiming to be an eyewitness to Wednesday’s fire told local tv station WGNO that he saw a man running from the home.
“I was walking around the corner with my dog, Ziggy Smalls, and I saw a lot of smoke coming out,” August Arthur told WGNO. “My neighbor around the corner, she saw a dude jump over the fence on the backside of Harmony and Eighth.”
Luckily there were no injuries, the television station reported.