On Wednesday night, a historic estate in New Orleans that is rumored to be owned by singer Beyoncé caught fire.
The home has been linked to the Carters since 2015, according to local news sites, though neither has publicly verified it.
The source of the fire has yet to be identified, but it lasted approximately two hours and fifteen minutes in the evening.
According to a New Orleans Fire Department official, some 22 firefighters were dispatched to tackle and extinguish the blaze.
“It could have been far worse if they hadn’t arrived when they did. A representative for The New York Post said, “It’s a historic home.”
The representative also stated that no casualties or evacuations occurred, implying that the property was vacant at the time it caught fire.
It was controlled by 7 p.m. but fully extinguished by 8:30 p.m., and it was only ever a one-alarm fire, meaning it was never in danger of completely burning the home.
The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom property is valued at more than $2.4 million, yet city records show it was sold for $100 in 2015. Sandra C. McNamara, the former owner, had offered it on the market for $2.5 million in 2013.
The Westminster Presbyterian church was erected in 1927, and the entire structure is 15,200 square feet.
Curbed NOLA published a report in 2015 that used public data to link the Carters to the Garden District mansion.
In 2015, the property was sold to Sugarcane Park LLC, which was linked to a mailing address for Parkwood Entertainment LLC, Beyoncé’s management firm, according to a search of the Louisiana Secretary of State website.
Sister Solange Knowles is a part-time resident of New Orleans and co-owner of a boutique in the French Quarter, so the Carters have spent time there on and off for many years.
Beyoncé also performed at the Superdome in New Orleans for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show.