Elvis’ First Home Catches Fire


MEMPHIS — Beyond this metal gate, there`s a historic home once owned by the King himself.

You can see him in front of it – in a photo on this Elvis Presley fan club website.

“It`s entertaining. We have people drive by every day to take pictures of the house,” Neighbor Lindley Jackson said.

But Saturday, Lindley Jackson and others on Audubon Drive woke up to firetrucks on their East Memphis street. and that historic home on fire.

“I came out about 7 o’clock to get my paper. Nothing going on. ‘Bout 30 min later, it`s burning. There was at least 10 firetrucks here,” Neighbor Ron McCrarey said.

“From our kitchen window we could see the smoke pouring out<” Jackson said.

The plaque says Presley bought the home in 1956. He moved to Graceland a year later.

Now, the Mike Curb Family Foundation owns it and uses it for music education.

“Rhodes College- their music department uses it to teach,” McCrarey said.

“They use it as a venue to have music.”

A neighbor said crews were doing work in the home over the last couple of weeks, trying to make improvements to this piece of history.

“Had a problem 2-3 months ago with a pipe in the attic broke,” McCrarey said.

In fact, fire officials say the cause was electrical and started in a wall outlet in the living room.

From Jackson`s backyard, you can still see smoke hours later.  She hopes it wasn`t destroyed..

“I hope not because its Memphis! And it`s a big attraction,” Jackson said

She says inside, Elvis even signed one of the walls.

(Stacy Jacobson for WREG)

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