Firefighters work to put out the flames at Cowboy Jack Clement's Nashville home. Saturday, June 25, 2011 (NC5 photojournalist Matt Barker)
Sun Records' Producer Cowboy Jack Clement Saturday, June 25, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A large fire at the home of a well-known country music producer was knocked down by firefighters Saturday afternoon, but after the flames were extinguished, what concerned family members was the history lost to the fire.
Cowboy Jack Clement, his long-time girlfriend, and her son were in the Belmont-area home at the time of the fire around 3:00 Saturday afternoon. The good news is, everybody made it out safely. They're giving credit to house-guest, Kevin Pittman who heard smoke alarms and got his mother, Aleene Jackson and Clement out of the home.
About three quarters of the house was destroyed in this three-alarm fire, but even more devastating is the loss of history: awards, honors and mementoes. This home is associated with Sun Records, a company that dates back to the 1950s and is known for giving a start to the music careers of Elvis, Conway and Johnny Cash.
"There's a lot of history here. A lot of unreleased tapes from Johnny Cash, a lot of stuff that just won't be replaceable," said Kevin Pittman.
Investigators think the fire was electrical in nature and started in the attic.