Fire Claims the House of Singer Gerald Levert

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The Ohio home of the late singer Gerald Levert is in ruins following an April 17 fire, with firefighters calling the home a total loss.

According to reports, Levert bought the house in April 1994, and lived there until his death of a heart attack in November 2006 at age 40. The house has been vacant since his death. Levert was part of the R&B trio LeVert and the son of singer Eddie Levert of the 1970s soul group The O’Jays.

The Newbury , Ohio Township fire department and the state Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the fire. According to The Willoughby, Ohio News-Herald, the house was in fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at around 11p.m. Firefighters didn’t leave the house until 6 a.m. the next day.?

The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office appraised the home and its 8.93 acres of land at $510,000, while the county’s auditors list the property and improvements at a market valuation of $658,900, according to the News-Herald. The three mothers of Levert’s children are seeking a portion of those assets.