Firefighters Battle Blaze In Johnny Cash’s Historic Ex-Home

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (April 10, 2007) — Firefighters were battling flames Tuesday afternoon in a major fire at the home of the late country singer Johnny Cash.

Dispatchers said all but one of the city’s engines had responded to the fire in the suburb northeast of Nashville.

No injuries were reported.

Hendersonville Fire Department officials said construction crews were working there when the fire started. The cause is unknown.

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived at the home until their deaths in 2003.

The property was purchased by Barry Gibb, a member of the Bee Gees, in January 2006. Gibb and his wife, Linda, had said they planned to restore the home on Old Hickory Lake and hoped to write songs there.

While the Cashes lived there, the 13,880-square-foot home was visited by everyone from U.S. presidents to ordinary fans.

Johnny Cash’s musical career began in the 1950s and spanned from rock ‘n’ roll to folk to country. His hits included “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.”

The Bee Gees are best known for their disco hits of the late 1970s, such as “Night Fever” and “Jive Talkin’.”

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