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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 home was sold for $2.3 million in January 2006 to a corporation owned by Barry Gibb, vocalist for the Bee Gees.
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.
"They were using some type of wood preservative inside the house," said Hendersonville Fire Chief Jamie H. Steele. "The last few days they had it outside the house and then something ignited it and we had fire pretty much from one end to the other."
Gibb was going to move into the house in July. It was not known on whether he would rebuild or sell the property.
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.
The late Johnny Cash moved into the home on Caudill Drive in Hendersonville in 1968. On a tour of the Cash home in 2005, NewsChannel 5 got to see inside the home.
The Cash lakefront property was visited by U.S. presidents and fans. The home was nearly 14,000 square feet and had seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.
It will always be known as a part of country music history, said neighbor and country star Marty Stuart.
"It's not only a piece of my heart and soul and my family's and this community's, but it's also a piece of American culture gone too," Stuart said.
Cash taped his music video "Hurt" inside the home, and won best video of the year from both the Grammys and the CMAs.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:10 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:10:12 GMT
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