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Inferno rips through historic UES townhouse as blizzard arrives

The home at East 84th Street was once owned by RE lawyer David Rozenholc
March 14, 2017 10:35AM

The fire at 7 East 84th Street (Credit: @cherrycokemjj via Instagram)

As emergency workers battled a major snowstorm, a large fire tore through an historic mansion on the Upper East Side that sold for $27 million last year.

The inferno broke out at the 13,000-square-foot Flemish brick mansion at 7 East 84th Street around 2:25 a.m., the New York Daily News reported. The eight-bedroom home was once owned by famed New York City tenant lawyer David Rozenholc, who sold it for $27 million early last year to an unidentified Illinois-based investor who controls the entity LF Investments LLC.

The house was empty when the fire started, officials said, but neighbors had to evacuate their buildings. A video posted to Instagram shows flames and thick plumes of smoke coming out of the second-story window, while firefighters gather on the street below.

“We heard the fire trucks. It woke us up with the smoke,” Thomas Malesys, who had to evacuate his home, told the newspaper.

The fire was under control by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The townhouse — which features 10 full bathrooms, a butler’s pantry, wine cellar and private garage — was built in 1884, according to a 1977 report for the Metropolitan Museum Historic District. [NYDN] — Miriam Hall