Reporting Diana Rocco
By Diana Rocco
RADNOR, Pa. (CBS) – Firefighters battled flames that reach stories from a cherished landmark, known to neighbors as the “Old Ewing Estate” in Villanova.
The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. The flames were intense and smoke could be seen for miles. Only CBS 3 captured a shot of a firefighter being wheeled away after being over come by the heat.
“We needed a 12 inch main to put this fire out, we did the best we could with what we had,” said Bryn Mawr Fire Chief Dan Kincade.
Photos: Main Line Mansion Fire
The estate’s gardner saw the flames coming from the third floor shortly after a construction explosion down the street. It’s believed the vibrations may have set off the first spark.
“It’s always possible but I wouldn’t want to draw any conclusions,” said Fire Marshall Don Wood.
Most recently on the market for six million dollars, the 19-bedroom mansion has 12-and-a-half bathrooms and was the site for a new movie.
According to the real estate website Trulia, the property is 22,461 square feet and was built in 1905.
Sharon Pinksenson of Philly Film tweeted:
“Sad news. Bloomfield mansion is burning down in Villanova, a major location in “Safe” which stars Jason Statham. Film opens April 27th”
The damage is extensive, and fire fighters were on the scene late into Wednesday night continuing to put out hotspots.
Authorities say it may be some time before they know the cause. The couple living at the home was able to get out safely.