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Fire damages Aspen Square tower

An early morning alert from ADT Security set units from several Rural/Metro fire stations in motion Monday, March 28.

Rural/Metro Batallion Chief T.D. Williams said the call came into the station at 6:46 a.m. and trucks were on the Aspen Square scene at 6:50 a.m.

“It took less than two minutes to knock the fire down,” Williams said. “When the units arrived the crew saw the smoke coming from the tower and were able to run a line to the source and knock it down quickly.”

Town Fire Marshal Dan Johnson said the fire was under investigation, but confirmed that the fire was confined to the shopping center’s tower.

“There was no sign of any incendiary,” Johnson said, “We’re looking at some abandoned wire in the tower and also at a sign transformer.”

Johnson added that the abandoned wires coupled with water and metal could cause a fire to break out, but the actual cause could not be determined until the investigation was complete.

Johnson said that a similar fire had occurred in the signage at the Pittsburgh Paint location east of Aspen Square on Kingston Pike.

Poli Gress, owner of the Tattered Rabbit business located in the former Bradford Jewelers store space beneath the tower, said her store suffered some minor water and smoke damage.

Gress said she would reopen as soon as LCUB inspected the wiring and allowed the electricity to be reinstated.

Tattered Rabbit is hosting its grand opening today, Thursday, March 31.

Williams said four engines and a ladder responded to the alarm — two from Farragut, one from Hart Road, one from Cedar Bluff and the ladder from Parkside Drive.


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