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article imageFormer KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's house catches fire

By Scott Tuttle     Dec 15, 2013 in Entertainment
Yorktown Heights - On Saturday, former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley's Yorktown Heights home went up in flames while the axe-man was away.
The Spaceman, as his KISS persona was known, bought the three-bedroom, cobblestone house, which once served as a recording studio, back in 2000 under his Jendel Productions business name. Converting the studio into a house, Frehley transferred ownership to his own name in 2004, though the property is still listed as the business address for Max Cake Productions, which is the name of Frehley's movie company.
According to sources, Frehley had left a caretaker in charge of the house, who was not there at the time of the fire, but returned while Yorktown Heights firefighters were at the scene. The Red Cross has taken charge of finding an emergency lodging for the unnamed caretaker.
Because the exterior of the house is made of stone and there are very few windows, it was very difficult for the Yorktown Heights Fire Department to battle the blaze from the outside allowing ample time for the fire to consume most of the internal structure of the second floor and portions of the roof.
According to inspectors, the fire was caused by a falling tree limb in the back yard crossing the power cables and shortening out the fuse box which in turn heated up the internal wiring system in the walls causing a fire.
Via his Facebook page, Frehley commented, "I’m very thankful that no one was hurt! The fire department and police did a great job, and I’m very grateful to them for all of their help and courage in this matter…job well done!”
Ironically, it was 37 years ago this week that the 62-year-old axe-man famously electrocuted himself on stage during a KISS concert in Florida, later inspiring Frehley to write his classic hit song "Shock Me." This was also the first KISS song to feature the Spaceman on lead vocals, a trend which would continue over the course of several subsequent albums until Frehley's departure of the group in 1982.
Frehley returned as the band's lead guitarist for a reunion tour in 1996, and then left the group again in 2002. He was replaced by former Black N' Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer who still wears the make-up and costumes of Frehley's spaceman character to this day.
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