Harrison County

Beachfront home on fire in Pass Christian is 15-bedroom mansion that survived Katrina

A mansion that was named the most expensive house for sale in Mississippi in 2015 caught fire early Monday morning.

Fire crews responded to the home at 4 a.m. and have been working to contain the fire since, according to the Pass Christian Fire Department.

A fire official said the fire started in the attic. Crews are expected to be on scene into Monday evening.

Smoke was billowing from the beachfront mansion on Scenic Drive about 9:30 a.m. Monday. Police blocked off a portion of the street between Lang Avenue and Menge Avenue.

In 2015, the home was listed on realtor.com for $12.5 million, according to Sun Herald archives.

The mansion is on an 8-acre lot and has 15 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms.

“They have a sitting room with a fireplace and an Italian carved mantel that’s just beautiful,” Realtor Liz Hanson told the Sun Herald in 2015. “The library has beautiful woodwork.”

Owners Charles and Nancy Ramsey bought the home in 1993 and added two modern wings onto it. The home was not damaged in Hurricane Katrina.

The mansion was built in 1963 by J. Edgar Monroe as a second home for himself and his wife. Monroe also owned a home in Newport, Rhode Island, where the 1974 movie version of “The Great Gatsby” was filmed.