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Report: Neko Case's Vermont Home Burns; Singer Says It is Not Hers

by VVN Music

A simple news story has turned into a controversy that even the site Snopes is investigating.

On Tuesday, the Caledonian (VT) Record reported that a home owned by singer Neko Case (under Cobb Timbler LLC) had been heavily damaged in a nine-alarm fire. The story said that the southern half of the house had been heavily damaged and the barn destroyed.

The problem is, Case insisted it wasn't her home.

SPIN magazine talked to the Caledonian Record's editor who said that he had received an expletive laden call from Case, who was touring in Sweden, saying that their report was incorrect and that it was not her house that burned. She also made a number of posts on social media.

While Snopes is still reporting this as unconfirmed, there is mounting evidence that the home did, in fact, belong to Case.  The town fire chief stated that it was Neko's home and, according a later story by the paper "According to land records, the property consists of two parcels purchased by Case in 2006 and 2014. In 2015, Case conveyed ownership of the properties for “One Dollar” to a limited liability corporation named “Cobb Timber LLC.”"

She is also registered to vote at the home's address.

The paper also revealed that Case's phone call revolved around the fact that the paper revealed her address.

The blaze remains under investigation.

Case has not only collaborated with the Canadian band The New Pornographers, but has also released seven studio albums starting with her 1997 debut The Virginian. Her biggest successes have been the albums Middle Cyclone (2009 / #3) and The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013 / #12).  Her latest is Case/lang/Veirs with k.d. lang and Larua Veirs.