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Family's $ million medieval-style dream mansion that took three years to build burns to the ground
The Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 01/11/2014 11:16:58 AM PST by EveningStar

'There is nothing left': Family's $4MILLION medieval-style dream mansion that took them three years to build burns to the ground

A sprawling $4 million mansion built by an Ohio family has been gutted after a fire broke out on Friday afternoon.

Homeowner Maria Decker, who had only added the finishing touches to her family's dream home last year, was on vacation when the fire broke out.

Plumes of smoke and flames as high as 30ft could be seen as the fire ripped through the 22-room stone-built mansion.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: architecture; fire; mansion; medieval; ohio
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Sad. :(
1 posted on 01/11/2014 11:16:58 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Did the first one fall into the swamp?


2 posted on 01/11/2014 11:18:31 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people's than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: EveningStar

That place looks like something out of Citizen Kane. How awful for them.


3 posted on 01/11/2014 11:21:26 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: EveningStar
It would be cool if castles made a comeback, rock don't burn!!


4 posted on 01/11/2014 11:21:55 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: EveningStar

It’s not that the mansion cost $4 million, or so I thought. But when I found out that it cost $4MILLION, I took notice.


5 posted on 01/11/2014 11:22:41 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: EveningStar

If I had $4 million to spend on a house, it would be made mostly of concrete and would include a sprinkler system.


6 posted on 01/11/2014 11:23:14 AM PST by BRK
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To: GeronL

Beautiful.


7 posted on 01/11/2014 11:24:57 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BRK
Section 8 castle


8 posted on 01/11/2014 11:25:13 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: EveningStar

Yes sad, I wonder how the family business was doing? Bet that’s one of the first things the police will look into.


9 posted on 01/11/2014 11:25:18 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BRK

me too!


10 posted on 01/11/2014 11:25:44 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: trisham

we need more castles and dungeons in America!

:p


11 posted on 01/11/2014 11:26:14 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: EveningStar

Sorry about their loss, but it was ugly. And what are you going to do with all those rooms?

If I could have a fantasy house, I’d want an indoor pool, gym, bar/rec room, and movie room.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 11:26:30 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: GeronL

Isn’t that where Hillary lives? She sleeps in her coffin in the basement?


13 posted on 01/11/2014 11:28:09 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: EveningStar
All looks, terrible engineering. Somewhere Frank Loyd Wright is smiling.
14 posted on 01/11/2014 11:32:13 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: BRK

My buddy is just finishing his house, bigger than that one and costs more, I think it’s a bit much, but it’s his money. He has a fire system.

The good news from this is that nobody was hurt, always be thankful for what you have.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 11:32:19 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: GeronL

:)


16 posted on 01/11/2014 11:33:38 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GeronL
Challenges of Castle Ownership

Some people do have to worry. Ya can get castles pretty cheap[Europe]. Cheap is always subjective.

17 posted on 01/11/2014 11:34:18 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

That’s what I never understood, why someone would want to live like that? It’s like living in a hotel with no guests, just creepy.


18 posted on 01/11/2014 11:34:54 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: EveningStar

I’d be very happy with a 6000 sq ft spread and weather insulated to the max. A little detached workshop and some land to garden on and its a mansion/plantation.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 11:35:04 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: EveningStar

It’s mostly jealousy and envy in the comments at the site. If it took them years and years to build they can’t be THAT rich. And how do those commenters know whether this family donates generously to charities? Plus they probably think that their celebrities that live in WAY more expensive houses are A-OK. Whether it is arson remains to be seen. I feel sorry that they lost their personal articles.


20 posted on 01/11/2014 11:37:05 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: EveningStar

The home is quite unimpressive. Actually it’s on the tacky side. If I was going to build a $4 million medieval style home, that would not have been what it looked like.


21 posted on 01/11/2014 11:38:48 AM PST by fso301
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To: EveningStar
Very sad, but I'm at least happy that there was no loss of life. That said, this is telling:

"Because the two-storey home was set back from the road, in five acres of land, and didn't have a sprinkler system, the firefighters struggled to control it.

A fire hydrant that was on the property didn't have a large enough supply of water to tackle the flames, WCPO reported."

I call that very bad planning.

22 posted on 01/11/2014 11:40:31 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: GeronL
... rock don't burn!!

"... 22-room stone-built mansion." Unless it was a misprint, and they meant the contractor was named Stone.

BTW, didn't QEII suffer a devastating loss in one of her rock/stone castles a decade or so ago?

From Les Visiteurs:

"Jacquasse, look how they changed our beautiful castle!"

"Windows galore! We're defenseless!"

"A godsend for the Visigoths."

"And the Huttes."

"Pray that the dungeon is intact!"


23 posted on 01/11/2014 11:41:32 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

lol


24 posted on 01/11/2014 11:42:04 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Theoria

The cost of upkeep and stuff is likely prohibitive, those peasant workers want to be paid these days...


25 posted on 01/11/2014 11:42:53 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Breathtaking...just beautiful.


26 posted on 01/11/2014 11:43:14 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL! Yeah. The Daily Mail does that sometimes. :)


27 posted on 01/11/2014 11:44:28 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: CrazyIvan
Somewhere Frank Loyd Wright is smiling.

Um, doesn't his nifty at first "water house" have problems caused by the water?

28 posted on 01/11/2014 11:44:31 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

If I had that kind of money I’d make sure as few people knew about it as possible. My biggest expense would be in property where I would plant a modest home surrounded by a high fence and electronic security. I’d continue driving decent used cars.


29 posted on 01/11/2014 11:44:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

You remembered to mail that insurance premium,…….right?


30 posted on 01/11/2014 11:46:16 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: GeronL

1992 Windsor castle burned.

True, rocks do not burn, but what is inside does


31 posted on 01/11/2014 11:49:02 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: Doc Savage

That was my first thought, Doc.


32 posted on 01/11/2014 11:50:29 AM PST by SouthernClaire
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To: EveningStar

something tells me if they had 4 mill to spend on a castle, they have another 4 mill for a 2nd castle.


33 posted on 01/11/2014 11:52:33 AM PST by isom35
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
That’s what I never understood, why someone would want to live like that?

Conspicuous consumption.

34 posted on 01/11/2014 11:52:40 AM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: EveningStar
Not my style but looked kind of neat.

Sad story.

35 posted on 01/11/2014 11:52:41 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“If I could have a fantasy house...”
I would guess that each of us would finish that statement differently.


36 posted on 01/11/2014 11:56:15 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
It’s like living in a hotel with no guests, just creepy.

Exactly. Get a nice house on the water, or in the mountains. I don't get the empty room thing.

37 posted on 01/11/2014 11:58:54 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: EveningStar

Some folks my call it Jewish Lightening that caused the fire.


38 posted on 01/11/2014 12:01:26 PM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: EveningStar

Is it just me or ...

Which one does not belong:

“The sprawling five-bedroom home, which had an elevator, flag pole and outside pool, was built in 2006”


39 posted on 01/11/2014 12:01:40 PM PST by SouthernClaire
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To: SouthernClaire

was someone who lived there very elderly or disabled?

elevator?


40 posted on 01/11/2014 12:02:20 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: EveningStar; GeronL

Seriously if you are going to build a castle put in a modern sprinkler system. I mean come one have some modern technology to boot.


41 posted on 01/11/2014 12:02:54 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: EveningStar

Sad to hear they lost their home to a fire...but was there a sprinkler system...and the fire hydrant with too small pipe outlet/pressure. What!!! As for me it’s looks like just another mcmansion. Architecture should sing...be a feast for the eye...and comfort for the body. IMHO.


42 posted on 01/11/2014 12:08:24 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Happy New Year 2014)
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To: GeronL

Beautiful.


43 posted on 01/11/2014 12:09:36 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Happy New Year 2014)
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To: GeronL

I’d call that a strategic defensive position.


44 posted on 01/11/2014 12:10:41 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: EveningStar

Talking Heads Burning down the house

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNnAvTTaJjM


45 posted on 01/11/2014 12:11:49 PM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: Morgana

Yep. If you build one from scratch you really need to include all of the safety and technology features. Even if you want to hide them behind a faux-brick wall.


46 posted on 01/11/2014 12:14:12 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Rebelbase

Ain’t nobody sneaking into that daughters bedroom at the top of the tower.


47 posted on 01/11/2014 12:15:01 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Morgana

You’d think the insurance underwriters would have demanded a sprinkler system.


48 posted on 01/11/2014 12:15:52 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

A 22 room house with only 5 bedrooms. I wonder what all the other rooms were.


49 posted on 01/11/2014 12:21:27 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: EveningStar

If you select “Indian Hill, OH” in the Google Maps search, it shows the boundary of this area, within which you can see a number of similar estates, some under construction at the time of the image. In fact I picked out the wrong one until I found a street address in a news item.


50 posted on 01/11/2014 12:23:43 PM PST by dr_lew
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