Centennial Celebration
Fire Tears through $27M Landmark Townhouse

NY Post - March 15, 2017

by Kevin Fasick, Daniel Prendergast and Natalie Musumeci

A fire ripped through a ritzy Upper East Side mansion early Tuesday as Winter Storm Stella rolled into the Big Apple.

The blaze engulfed the entire landmark townhouse at 7 E. 84th St. when it broke out at about 2:25 a.m., fire officials said.

A video shows flames and smoke shooting out of the windows of the multimillion-dollar, six-story brick mansion near Fifth Avenue.

About 140 firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze, which was under control just before 6 a.m., officials said.

The 13,000-square-foot residence built in 1884 is currently under construction and no one was home at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted during the fire for neighbors to close their windows due to smoke.

Residents in neighboring buildings were evacuated.

“The building was smoking like crazy. There were embers that were blowing up in the air,” said next-door resident Dr. Larry Simon, 78, whose wife immediately awoke to the smell of smoke.

He noted, “The firemen were phenomenal. These guys work very hard in terrible conditions. They were fantastic.”

Buildings on both sides of the mansion suffered some damage from the fire.

“We had windows already cracking from the radiant heat from the fire,” said FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich, adding that there was also some water damage to the adjacent buildings.

The fire-ravaged townhouse was formerly owned by real estate attorney David Rozenholc, who sold the massive building complete with eight bedrooms and 10½ bathrooms for a whopping $27 million in 2016, according to The Real Deal.

The mansion’s current owner, Robert Reichner, declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday, only saying, “We’re still finding out ourselves what is going on.”