Fire claims 60 guitars at NC home of Avett Brothers' dad. 'We will move forward'

Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Entertainment News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fire on Friday destroyed 60 guitars and up to 100 paintings at the Concord home of Jim Avett, father of Scott and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers band.

“The fire started from a golf cart,” Jim Avett posted on Facebook late Friday. “Half the house is totally beyond repair.”

As they rushed to the scene just before 1 p.m., firefighters saw “a smoke column from a distance,” according to a Facebook post by the Allen Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters on the first engine to arrive noticed “heavy fire from the garage,” fire officials said in the post. They entered the house to keep the flames from spreading.

Firefighters from four other fire departments arrived with more water and helped attack the fire, according to the Allen Fire Department post. No one was hurt, fire officials said.

“Great team work by all involved!” the fire department posted.


Jim Avett said a cat is missing.

He said the guitars “were almost a total loss” and all of the art was destroyed.

His sons’ band, The Avett Brothers, is the nationally touring, N.C.-based Americana/country-rock/country-folk/folk-rock band. “While we are saddened by this setback it is not a knockout punch,” Avett posted on Facebook.

“We have the strength, attitude, faith and abilities to move forward. And we will!” He thanked everyone “for your most gracious and kind words. They mean the world to this family.”


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