Fire destroys historic Long Island mansion

Fire Destroys Historic Long Island Mansion
Fire Destroys Historic Long Island Mansion

A massive fire scorched the nearly one hundred year old Woolworth Mansion on Long Island.

On Wednesday, flames ripped through the 16-acre Glen Cove estate. The $90 million mansion was built by five-and-dime creator Frank Winfield Woolworth and is currently owned by Martin Carey, brother of former New York Governor Hugh Carey.

One of the East Coast's most elaborate estates, the marble abode was constructed in 1916 - after the Woolworth's first home mysteriously burned down.

Ever since, it has been plagued by rumors of paranormal activity. People claim to hear the cries of Woolworth's daughter, who committed suicide in the mansion's Marie Antoinette room 1917. The room has remained locked ever since.

Authorities aren't sure exactly what caused the blaze, but the fire wasn't considered suspicious in any way. About 150 firefighters from 10 departments responded and contained the blaze. Despite the quick response the damage to the structure is significant.

Mr. Woolworth only lived at the home for 2 years before his death in 1919. Kathie Flynn, executive director of the Glen Cove Public Library said the property changed hands several times, and at one point was a school for women.


The current owners, Martin Carey and his wife, have owned it since the 1970s.

The Careys lived in the estate for a decade before moving out to host tours on the property in an effort to raise money to restore the historic estate.

The fire destroyed the first-floor bedroom. There was also damage to rooms on the second floor and third floors, including the offices.

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