Fire Destroy's Johnny Cash's Longtime Tennessee Home

HENDERSONVILLE, TN - A fire has destroyed the Tennessee lakeside home of the late country music legend Johnny Cash, a native of Arkansas.

The fire started around 1:40 p.m. yesterday in Hendersonville, about 20 miles northeast of downtown Nashville.  Hendersonville Fire Chief Jamie Steele says fire trucks arrived within five minutes, but the house was already engulfed in flames.

Just a few hours later, there was almost nothing left except stone chimneys.

The cause is unknown, but Steele says the flames spread quickly because construction workers had recently applied a flammable wood preservative to the exterior of the house.  The preservative was also being applied inside the house.

Steele says no workers were injured, but one firefighter was slightly hurt while fighting the fire.

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived at the home from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003.

Cash was born in southwest Arkansas, but grew up in Region 8.  He moved with his family at a very young age to Dyess in Mississippi County, where he spent most of his formulative years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)