Fire destroys former home of Johnny Cash

THE home of late country music legend Johnny Cash in Nashville, Tennesee, has burned to the ground in a fire likely fuelled by renovation materials.

The huge lakeside house in Hendersonville, a suburb of the country music capital, went up in flames on Tuesday afternoon as it was being extensively renovated by the new owner, Bee Gees star Barry Gibb, said the Hendersonville Star News.

Only the fireplace was left standing of the mostly wood-built, 18-room house with a round bedroom on Old Hickory Lake, which Cash’s wife June Carter called their Camelot.

Since the 1960s it had served as a sanctuary for the much-troubled ‘Man in Black’ whose biggest hits include Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and Ring of Fire.

According to the Nashville Tennesseean, the house was the scene of numerous legendary jams with Cash, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and newer-generation country stars such as Vince Matthews .

Cash died at 71 in September 2003, four months after his wife June, and the house was sold last year to Gibb for $2.5 millions. He was refurbishing it to use as a vacation home.

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