Robertson County barn destroyed by fire - WKRN News 2

Robertson County barn destroyed by fire

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ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. -

A fire last week destroyed a Robertson County family's barn and the tobacco crop inside.

Travis Jernigan's family has farmed property off Highway 52 in Robertson County near the Sumner County line for more than 150 years.

Early last Thursday morning, he was awakened by emergency personnel on the phone saying there was a fire on his property.

When he arrived, Jernigan's heart sunk when he found out it was his barn.

Jernigan estimates his barn was worth around $30,000 and the tobacco crop inside another $25,000.

The Jernigans do not currently live on the farm and were going to use money from the sale of the tobacco crop to remodel the farmhouse.

Jernigan told News 2 he believes the fire was deliberately set because it was raining when the fire sparked.  Fire officials are investigating the cause.

Jernigan said he isn't going to let the fire discourage him and he's already planting next year's crop.

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