Fire Damages Tennessee Credit

November 6, 2007
Dwayne Page

An early morning fire today (Tuesday) damaged Tennessee Credit on West Broad Street.

Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker says firefighters received the call at 3:18 a.m. "We had a fire in a back office at Tennessee Credit. It did damage to the back three rooms of the building. There was already a pretty good fire going when we got here. The alarm company notified the owners and they arrived on the scene and found smoke and fire coming from the building. We got on the scene and knocked it (fire) down. There was some smoke and heat to the rest of the building but the fire damage was primarily contained to the back. Structurally the building is still intact.

Chief Parker says the State Fire Marshal's Office has been contacted to help determine the cause of the blaze. "It's still under investigation at this time. The Fire Marshal's Office is going to come down and take a look at it. We've called them to investigate to make sure, just to be on the safe side, that there's no foul play involved in it. We're unable to determine exactly what started the fire at this point so we've called them in to help us on that."

Smithville Police and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene. No one was injured.

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