Dramatic Photos Show ‘Zombie’ Mansion of Internet Fame Destroyed by Fire

An overnight fire gutted an abandoned mansion in Colts Neck, New Jersey, that, despite becoming the subject of internet fame last year, had long dogged police in the wealthy neighborhood.

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The overnight fire completely devoured the 20,000-square-foot mansion on Cedar Street.
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No injuries were reported in the blaze, and the cause of the fire at the home is under investigation.
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The mansion was once valued at $8 million, according to reports. It was abandoned in 2011.
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The vacant building became a viral internet sensation in September when a videographer who goes by the name “The Unknown Cameraman” toured the vandalized mansion and posted the video on YouTube. In less than three months, it was viewed nearly 1 million times.
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Colts Neck police have had their hands full with the mansion long before the video. Officers have responded to the property 40 times since 2011 for problems ranging from drugs to vandalism.
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The home is still owned by David Findel, a once high-flying banker who was convicted of mortgage fraud in 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison.
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He’s since been released and launched an executive coaching business.
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Findel has told NBC 4 New York that he wants to sell the property, but a legal battle over insurance payments stands in the way.
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