Tragedy struck on Christmas Day as flames engulfed the childhood home of renowned singer Beyoncé in Houston, Texas.
The Houston Fire Department responded to a distress call at approximately 2 AM on December 25th at the residence on Rosedale Street in the city’s third ward.
Reports from local news outlet KTRK revealed that the second floor of Beyoncé’s former home was ablaze upon arrival. Fortunately, the current occupants a family with two children managed to evacuate unharmed, their safety ensured by the swift response of the fire department.
District Chief Justin Barnes took satisfaction in his team’s efficiency and praised their quick thinking. Barnes told local officials, “They did a great job. I’m going to say in less than 10 minutes, we had a really good grip on this fire.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, with no determination made yet.
Beyoncé’s family acquired the residence in 1981 for around $64,000, according to TMZ.
Although they sold the house before the birth of Beyoncé’s sister Solange in 1986, the property remains an iconic symbol, deeply associated with the renowned family.
Beyoncé’s Ongoing Relationship with Houston
In a conversation with Visit Houston, Beyoncé reminisced about her childhood in Texas, fondly recalling the sprawling backyard where she and her friends spent time. Describing Houston as a city embracing diverse interests, she expressed her affection for the welcoming southern atmosphere.
Houston holds sentimental value for Beyoncé, who regards it as her forever home. While she and Jay-Z moved to Los Angeles in 2016 for their daughter Blue Ivy’s specialized education, Beyoncé remains deeply connected to her roots.
Recently concluding her world tour, Beyoncé delighted fans with the release of her concert film, Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, and surprised audiences with a new track titled My House, featured in the movie’s credits.
Despite her global success, Beyoncé continues to hold dear the cherished memories of her upbringing in Houston.