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'Cowboy' Jack Clement's House damaged by fire : Locked out in his Elvis pajamas !!!

By: Elvis Australia
Source: The Tennessean
June 26, 2011 - 9:40:24 AM
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Nashville firefighters have extinguished the blaze at the Belmont area home of legendary music producer and original Million Dollar Quartet Engineer Cowboy Jack Clement and while known for wearing Hawaiian shirts, shorts and cowboy boots, Clement was waiting out the fire in his back yard, dressed in Elvis pajamas!!!

Clement said he is not being allowed to go in the house to see if he can save recordings and other memorabilia from a lifetime of producing records and making country music.

Jack Clement waiting out the fire in his back yard, dressed in Elvis pajamas!!!
Jack Clement waiting out the fire in his back yard, dressed in Elvis pajamas!!!

Clement also said his 'baby', his favorite guitar, a Gibson J200 that he bought in 1951, had been saved from the blaze. The fire at the brick and stucco Tudor-style house on Belmont Boulevard just south of Stokes Lane was called in around 2 p.m. and fire crews were on the scene minutes later.

Clement was in the back yard when his girlfriend's son heard smoke detectors going off upstairs and warned the couple. Everyone, including his three cats, Fred and Ginger and Edwina, got out of the house safely and there were no injuries. Belmont Boulevard is closed because of trucks, equipment and crews fighting the blaze and fire officials said they expect the major street to remain closed for several hours. Capt. Steve Holt of the Nashville Fire Department said 18 trucks and about 40 firefighters took about an hour to bring the blaze under control. 'It was a very hot fire. heavy smoke, all in the attic', Holt said. Firefighters had some difficulty fighting the blaze because the heavy ceiling in the studio was hard to penetrate. No cause is known but the fire marshal is on the scene. Firefighters will remain there tonight to make sure the home does not reignite.

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