BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Crews were dispatched to the Tri-Cities Flea Market on 11-E in Bluff City early Saturday morning.
According to Sullivan County dispatch, the call came in at 12:41 a.m., and the Bluff City Volunteer Fire Department is the lead agency.
Chad Lewis, the chief of the Bluff City Volunteer Fire Department said that while the fire is being investigated, crews don’t believe the incident was suspicious.
“We did have some lightning in the area at the time, but it’s still unknown if that’s the cause,” he said.
No one was inside the building during the fire, and crews were on scene until 7 a.m.
According to a Facebook post from the East Sullivan County Fire Department, the building where the fire started was destroyed.
News Channel 11 spoke with the building’s owner, Chad Baker, who said building 8 was completely destroyed in the flames while building 9 received damage.
Baker said that despite the loss, the flea market will be open on Sunday.
“We are going to have to see how quickly we can get the building back up for [the vendors],” Baker said. “I just met with an electrical contractor and my building contractor, so we’ll get started back quick.”
The post says Bluff City Fire Department, Piney Flats Fire Department, Avoca Fire Department, Bristol Tennessee Fire and Rescue, Sullivan County Fire Department, East Sullivan County Fire Department and the Hickory Tree Fire Department all responded.