Taylor Swift warned the world of a potential fire in her song “Blank Space.” What the world didn’t know was that what would ‘go down in flames’ wasn’t another love affair but a house. In fact, it was the very same house from Swift’s music video.
The historic Woolworth Mansion on Long Island, New York, is severely damaged following a fire on Wednesday. The damage will take millions to repair, according to New York Daily News. The fire reportedly began in a bedroom on the first floor of the 25,000 square foot house. Firefighters began their attempt to tackle the fire at around 11 a.m., which finally succeeded at around 2:30 p.m.
The house, built in 1916, stands on a 16 acre estate in Glen Cove. The destruction is reportedly so grave that some have expressed little hope for the mansion’s full repair. James Hickman, head fire investigator for Nassau County, New York, made a statement to the fact.
“The priceless woodwork can never be replaced. I’m standing on a beautiful, priceless Oriental rug that’s never going to be the same.”
The Woolworth mansion, often called the Winfield Mansion, has historical significance in the state of New York. The home was originally built for Frank Winfield Woolworth by esteemed architect C. P. H. Gilbert. Woolworth was the founder of F.W. Woolworth Co. and became famous for his chain of stores, “Five and Dimes,” and later for his Woolworth building in New York City. At the time is was built, the Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world, at 792 ft. high.
According to Long Island residents, the mansion has an eerie history of haunting that will “leave you breathless” as Taylor Swift sings in “Blank Space,” specifically by the second daughter of Frank Woolworth, Edna, who committed suicide in her bedroom on May 2, 1917. People have reported noises from the room, which has been locked ever since Edna’s death.
Wednesday’s fire was not the first fire at the Woolworth Mansion. Reportedly, there was another fire many years ago that caused Frank Woolworth to remodel the house and many people feel that history just keeps repeating itself. The cause of the fire has been dubbed “mysterious,” as investigators continue to gather evidence to decide just what prevented it from being “forever.”
The mansion’s current owner, Martin Carey, is the brother of former New York Governor Hugh Carey. Martin and his family were not in the house at the time of the fire.
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