Beyoncé’s childhood home in Houston was devastated by a fire that broke out on Christmas morning, destroying the house where the superstar singer grew up.
Fire Erupts in Houston Neighborhood
The fire started early Sunday morning at the single-story house located in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. 
|Neighbors spot smoke coming from house
|Fire department receives emergency call
|Fire crews arrive on scene
Thick smoke and flames were seen coming from the vacant home when firefighters arrived around 6:45 AM.  Over 35 firefighters worked to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby houses. 
Extensive Damage to Cultural Landmark
The extent of the damage is still being assessed, but it appears the one-story, 1,300 square foot house has been completely gutted.  Heartbreaking photos show the roof caved in and the interior has been reduced to charred debris. 
The house has historic significance as the place where Beyoncé spent her early childhood before finding fame and fortune. Fans have made pilgrimages over the years to see the cultural landmark. 
Beyoncé and her sister Solange used to host Thanksgiving dinners for the community at the house to give back.  Sadly, those community meals will likely now need a new location.
No Injuries Reported
Thankfully the house was unoccupied when the fire started and no injuries have been reported.  Investigators are still working to determine the cause.
Given when the blaze began, authorities will be looking into whether the fire could be connected to Christmas decorations or celebration activities.  Electrical issues or arson are also possibilities that will be examined.
Queen Bey “Saddened” by Loss
Beyoncé has not yet made a public statement, but a source close to the singer said she is “saddened by the loss of her formative years’ home”. 
The fire comes less than a month after Beyoncé made history as the most decorated Grammy artist ever, so this painful incident mars an otherwise hugely successful year for the global superstar. 
Still, Beyoncé is no stranger to overcoming adversity, so there is little doubt she will continue her reign atop the entertainment world.
What Will Become of the Property?
With the home left completely uninhabitable, the future of the property where Beyonce grew up is now uncertain.
The house has been owned by a sequence of investors and landlords since the Knowles family moved out decades ago. 
Whoever owns the land would need to decide whether to sell the property or rebuild a structure on it. Given the cultural importance of the site, demolition also seems unlikely. 
A new building incorporating elements to commemorate Beyoncé’s early days there would satisfy preservationists and fans alike.  Turning the location into a tourist attraction focused on the music icon’s origins could also be an appealing option for investors.
In any case, all eyes will remain on the property made famous by Queen Bey herself.
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