The Avett Brothers’ father says fire that destroyed his home was started by golf cart

CONCORD, N.C. — A fire destroyed the home of Jim Avett, father to The Avett Brothers, was started by a golf cart, he said.

Before 1 p.m. on Friday, units from four departments responded to the house in central Cabarrus County. The fire was under control by about 1:30 p.m.

Officials said nobody was hurt, but homeowner Jim Avett said he lost several valuable items in the fire. Avett estimated more than 60 guitars were inside the home when the fire started and only a few would be salvageable.

“We could’ve lost a lot of other things,” Avett told Channel 9. “We’re insured and it can all be replaced.”

Avett is a well-known singer, songwriter and artist who has released several albums and toured throughout the Southeast. His sons, Scott and Seth, co-founded the popular Concord-based folk-rock band The Avett Brothers.

In a post to his Facebook page, Avett said he had lost probably 90 to 100 paintings as well. He said he believes the fire started from a golf cart and said half of the home is beyond repair.

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“While we are saddened by this setback it is not a knockout punch,” he wrote. “We have the strength, attitude, faith and abilities to move forward. And we will!”

The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Cabarrus County Fire Marshal’s Office.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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