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Falcone 04-10-07 05:57 PM

Johnny Cash Home Burned to Ground

Fire Destroys Johnny Cash's Hendersonville Home

April 10, 2007 06:50 PM EDT

(NewsChannel 5) HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - The house of the late country music legend Johnny Cash has burned to the ground.

The fire started shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The 13,000-square-foot home was sold in January 2006 to a corporation owned by Barry Gibb, vocalist for the Bee Gees. The house was sold for $2.3 million.

Gibb purchased the home and planned to restore it. The house caught fire during part of the construction process, and was caused by a flammable spray sealer.

The home is located in Hendersonville on Old Hickory Lake.

Cash died in September 2003 at the age of 71. His wife, June Carter Cash, died in May 2003 at the age of 73. Both were buried in the Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

There were no injuries in the fire.

Hendersonville Fire Department officials said construction crews were working at the home when the fire started, according to The Associated Press.

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TexasNative 04-10-07 07:15 PM

And it burns, burns, burns. The ring of fire....


MomBear 04-10-07 07:58 PM

That's terrible...

SAScrub 04-11-07 08:21 AM

Hendersonville Fire Department officials said "flammable spray sealer is a burning thing, and it makes a fiery ring."

Spurs Crusader 04-11-07 04:56 PM


SupermanThree 04-13-07 06:37 AM


Fire destroys Johnny Cash house

The lakeside Tennessee home of late country music superstar Johnny Cash has been destroyed in a fire.
It burned down on Tuesday while renovations were being carried out for its new owner, Bee Gee Barry Gibb.

The interior of the house, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was used in the video for Cash's final hit, his 2002 cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt.

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived in the house from 1968 until their deaths, months apart, in 2003.

The cause of the fire has not yet been identified. According to the Associated Press news agency, one firefighter was hurt tackling the blaze.

The agency said the fire spread quickly because construction workers had recently applied a flammable wood preservative to the exterior of the house during renovations.

After a few hours, little remained of the house except its stone chimneys.

"So many prominent things and prominent people in American history took place in that house - everyone from Billy Graham to Bob Dylan went into that house," country singer Marty Stuart, a neighbour, was quoted as saying by AP.

"It was a sanctuary and a fortress for him," Stuart said. "There was a lot of writing that took place there. The Folsom Prison prison record came from there, the San Quentin record, The Holy Land, the Man in Black book came from there."

Another neighbour, Richard Sterban of country and gospel band, the Oak Ridge Boys, is quoted by the AP news agency as saying the fire may be "the good Lord's way to make sure that it was only Johnny's house".

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Published: 2007/04/11 00:57:51 GMT

I feel this would be more of a tragedy if the house was to be preserved as a museum or heritage site. Because it wasn't, I kind of like the final sentiment expressed in this story.

TexasPandaMama 04-13-07 07:21 AM

Aww that's sad.

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