Fire Destroys Historic JP Black House in Geneva

An important piece of Wiregrass history literally went up in flames.

Just after 6:30 pm, a motorist reported flames coming from the old JP Black House across from the Geneva County Courthouse.

Within minutes, the century-old home was completely engulfed in flames.

Emergency responders from several nearby communities helped to battle the fire.

The home was built in 1908 by the JP Black, a well known judge and community leader in the early 20th century.

It had fallen in disrepair over recent decades, but last year, Geneva Attorney David Harrison purchased the home and was in the process of renovating it for an office and museum.

At this time there's no word on what might have started the blaze, but firefighters tell News 4 low water pressure hampered their efforts to put it out.

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