A fire that broke out at a mansion believed to belong to Beyoncé and Jay Z is being investigated as possible arson.
New Orleans Police Department confirmed that there was a report of a suspicious person in the area on Wednesday, July 21, around 6.20 pm, when the fire was believed to have broken out.
The fire in the 1500 block of Harmony Street in New Orleans appeared to have begun in the kitchen.
According to Nola.com firefighters found books inside an oven and a gas can was also discovered on the property.
A neighbour told the website that police believe that someone broke into the home shortly before the fire.
It took 22 firefighters over two hours to extinguish the fire.
A witness told WGNO News that a man was seen running from the property.
August Arther said: “I was walking around the corner with my dog… and I saw a lot of smoke coming out.
“My neighbour around the corner, she saw a dude jump over the fence on the backside of Harmony and Eigth.”
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were seen at the property on July 22.
“If they didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse. It’s a historic home,” a fire department spokesperson told the New York Post.
According to The Mirror the stunning home, worth a reported $2.4 million has been owned by a management company, named Sugarcane Park LLC, since 2015 – Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles is the manager of the company.
It has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and spans 15,200 square feet.