Tracy City Home Built In 1910 Destroyed By Fire
One of Tracy City’s oldest remaining landmark homes was destroyed by fire on Sunday, January 26. Although the house and contents are a total loss, the residents were not home at the time, and no one was injured. The cause has not been determined. Volunteer firefighters from Tracy City, Coalmont and Monteagle worked for hours at the First Street address to get the fire under control. In addition to the age of the 104-year old structure, their efforts were hampered by several malfunctioning fire hydrants, including the one in the home’s front yard, one firefighter said. One of the closest hydrants was frozen by the recent artic weather in the area. The house, known by many as the old “Abraham Home,” was built in 1910 by Fred and Mina Abraham and currently owned by Marie Miller. In its early years, the home served as a boarding house for students at the University of the South. An apartment at the back of the house was also a starter home for many newlyweds in the area.