Upper East Side Fire: Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Mansion Blaze

The Patch - March 15, 2017

by Patch.com - Brendan Krisel (Patch National Staff)

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Firefighters battled a 3-alarm blaze for hours during blizzard conditions early Tuesday morning on the Upper East Side. The fire erupted in a luxurious East 84th Street Mansion around 2:25 a.m., and FDNY spokesman told Patch.

The fire broke out in the five-story building's second and third floors before spreading to the entire building, an FDNY spokesman said. Firetrucks and other response vehicles lined East 84th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues for hours as the response was upgraded from a 2-alarm to a 3-alarm fire, according to FDNY officials.

Thirty-three FDNY units, containing 138 personnel, were on scene to fight the fire, an FDNY spokesman told Patch. The fire was under control by 6 a.m., according to fire officials. Some fire units were still working on the building as late as 8:30 a.m., according to a witness.

While the fire raged in the early morning hours the city's emergency management department warned nearby residents to avoid smoke and keep their windows closed.

One passerby recorded a video of flames shooting from the mansion's second and third floor windows.

The townhouse-style mansion — which was unoccupied and undergoing construction at the time of the fire — was sold in 2016 for $27 million, according to city records. Real estate records filed with the city named David Rozenholc as the seller and an entity named LF Investments LLC as the buyer in the 2016 transaction.

Plans filed to enlarge the building with the city Department of Buildings were approved in January of this year. The plans included partial demolition throughout the existing building, interior demolition and a full renovation at an estimated cost of more than $3 million, according to the plans.

The Fire Marshall's office will investigate the cause of the fire, an FDNY spokesman told Patch.