SCOTT COUNTY, KY (CBS/WKYT) -- It was built back in the 1800's and it's where the parents of famous American outlaw Jesse James got married; but early this morning the house, which is now a part of the Kentucky historical society was damaged, after a fire broke out in the chimney.
Owner James Barber says, "Fixing to go to bed, I noticed something burning in there and when I walked in there I seen it light up around the fire."
James Barber has lived in the historic house for more than ten years. He says when he saw the flames the first thing he could think about was getting himself, his family, and the items most valuable out like pictures of one of the most notorious American outlaws, a connection to the James family that dates back for Barber. He says, "My dad bought it. My dad bought the whole farm and he bought that cause it was Jesse James."
And although there is no direct blood connection to the James lineage, his legacy lives on even within the Barber family. He says, "My brothers Jesse Barber, then my dad is James, and I'm James Junior."
He has an appreciation for history and a man who became a legendary figure of the Wild West. He says, "We're told by the home owners that there was only some minor damage and that they were able to stay there over night."