The news this morning is reporting that Mr. Dean's main house was heavily damaged by a fire last night, causing firefighters to spend several hours fighting the flames on a picturesque bluff overlooking the James River.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:
A fire caused “significant damage” late last night to the secluded Varina home of country music legend Jimmy Dean and his wife, Donna Meade Dean, at historic Chaffin’s Bluff overlooking the James River, Henrico County fire officials said.Such a shame. We wish the Deans the best as they assess the damage and decide what to do.
The Deans and their caretaker all escaped safely from the blaze, but three firefighters suffered minor injuries, said Henrico fire Lt. Chris Buehren. Two firefighters were treated at the scene and a third was hospitalized overnight for observation after being overcome by heat, Buehren said.
More than a dozen firefighting vehicles, including 10 engine companies, responded to the fire, which was reported at 8:05 p.m. and took several hours to bring under control. Crews remained on scene until almost 4 a.m., Buehren said.