HENDERSONVILLE, TN - Barry Gibb, the former Bee Gee who purchased the former home of Johnny Cash, says he will build a new house near the original house. Cash's longtime lakeside home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he wrote many of his songs, was destroyed by fire last week. Gibb described the land where the Cash house once stood as "sacred" and said it "must be protected forever." Cash was born in Arkansas and raised in Region 8 (Mississippi County). He and his wife June lived in the Tennessee home from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003.
Fire investigators say they know the cause of the fire, but they have not yet released it.
Investigators believe 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.