*The Ohio home of late singer Gerald Levert is being called “a total loss” after a fire last Saturday night.
Newbury Township firefighter Craig Lounsbury said his department is investigating the blaze with the State Fire Marshal’s office, reports News-Herald.com.
According to the report, Levert’s home, at 15806 Arbor Trail, was already fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at around 11pm Saturday night. Lounsbury said his firefighters were joined by other nearby departments and they didn’t leave the house until 6 a.m. Sunday.
According to an estate sale April 8 the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office listed the home and its 8.93 acres as appraised at $510,000. Its minimum bid of $340,000 was not received, however. The Geauga County Auditor’s Office lists the property and improvements at a market valuation of $658,900. Levert had three children and their mothers are seeking part of his assests.
Levert, the son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert, bought the house in April 1994 and died there at age 40 on Nov. 10, 2006. The house has been vacant since his death.