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Fire Rips through Upper East Side Mansion as Snowstorm Strikes NYC

NY Daily News - March 15, 2017

by NICOLE HENSLEY

A fire sent plumes of thick smoke pouring out of an Upper East Side mansion worth millions as a massive snowstorm barged into New York.

The blaze erupted throughout the historic century-old home around 2:25 a.m. along E. 84th St. near Fifth Ave., fire officials said.

Video shows flames whipping out of the second-story windows as firefighters clogged the street below.

No one was inside the home as the fire broke out, officials said. It prompted sleeping neighbors to evacuate their own buildings.

Instead of standing outside in blizzard-like conditions, Thomas Malesys said he chatted with neighbors in his building’s lobby along E. 85th St. while waiting to return home. The fire was under control by 6 a.m.

“We heard the fire trucks. It woke us up with the smoke,” Malesys told the Daily News.

The eight-bedroom townhouse was owned by prominent tenant lawyer David Rozenholc for 20 years. He sold the posh estate for more than $27 million in early 2016, according to the Real Deal.

A 1977 report for the Metropolitan Museum Historic District states the mansion was built in 1884 and refurbished in 1906 with an “elegant red brick facade of Flemish bond.” The residence included a library, wine cellar and a garden.