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2002/06/12

Blaze Takes Overton Tack Shop And Barn by Tom Burriss Horse and tack salesman Larry Overton recently had tragedy strike in the form of fire. On May 23, at 9p.m. a fire consumed Overton's 64 by 40 foot barn which included his tack shop. "I lost everything," he said. The fire, which appears to have electrical in origin, was difficult for firefighters to contain since only one pumper was able to get into area on the property; although nine tankers were supplying water to the scene. Total losses are estimated at $50-60,000. His insurance will likely cover only a third of that loss. Overton, who crafts leather products in Jackson, Tennessee, lost not only all the tools and supplies of his trade, but also his records, receipts, and a truck. Saddest though, one of Larry's horses did not escape the blaze. The horse was a registered Quarter Horse which he was fond of using for trail rides. Overton does not appear to be daunted. The dozer has already come in and he has begun rebuilding. "This is something that will only make me work harder," he said with great determination. The fire is not expected to affect the occurance of his sales which he holds regularly in West Tennessee.

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