Hendersonville fire damages home of late country music legend

Hendersonville fire damages home of late country music legend (Image 1)

A Hendersonville mansion once owned by country music legend Tammy Wynette was severely damaged by fire overnight.

Firefighters responded to the Riviera Drive home at about 6 p.m. Sunday and were on the scene into the morning hours.

The flames were visible from the fire station, firefighters said.

Crews completed several searches of the home.

No one was inside at the time.

Firefighters determined the house was about 90% damaged, with most of the damage coming from the smoke inside.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

The home once belonged to country music singer-songwriter Tammy Wynette, who died in 1998 at the age of 55.

She was well known for her 1960s hit, “Stand By Your Man.”

Hendersonville Fire Department Captain Robert Galoppi said Sunday's night fire is not the first time a formerly famous home in the area has burned down.

“This is one of three homes that were built specifically for music people in the industry… One being Roy Orbison, one being Johnny Cash's house, and of course, this is the former home of Tammy Wynette,” said Capt. Galoppi.  “All three of them had catastrophic losses to them.”

In April 2007, fire gutted the home Johnny and June Carter Cash shared for three decades.
Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees owned the home at that time.

41 years ago, tragedy struck singer Roy Orbison in Hendersonville.  Two of Orbison's children died when the family home burned in 1968.

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