- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum has been destroyed in a fire near Camden, but its owner is determined to rebuild.

Bob Keast tells The Jackson Sun (https://bit.ly/2h5NUls ) that the building that housed the museum and offices burned down Tuesday night. There were no injuries and the pearls, which are grown across a 58-acre lot in Kentucky Lake, are also safe.

Benton County Emergency Management Agency director Richard Kee says investigators believe the fire started in the shop behind the museum. The cause had not been determined as of Wednesday night.

Keast says he and his family will rebuild the museum, which is a part of the Birdsong Marina.

The museum contained a railboat used prior to World War II, diving equipment, and other items on the creation of freshwater pearls.

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Information from: The Jackson Sun, https://www.jacksonsun.com


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