Fire destroys Legacy Market in Spencer
SPENCER — The Legacy Market, a staple for downtown Spencer, was deemed a total loss after a fire broke out Monday morning. No injuries were reported.
At 7:11 a.m. Monday, several calls were made to report the fire and responders were on the scene within nine minutes, according to Danny Cronin, assistant chief at the Spencer and Roane County volunteer fire department.
As firefighters approached the back of the building, they saw heavy smoke and flames, Cronin said.
“We ended up calling for mutual aid from all the county fire departments,” he said.
Twenty-eight firefighters from various agencies responded including people from Ripley and Ravenswood. Two aerial trucks were on the scene along with four engines.
Although the fire completely destroyed the Legacy Market, Cronin said they were able to keep it from spreading to the neighboring businesses and buildings.
“We’re extremely lucky that other than some minor flame and smoke damage to the surrounding buildings we were able to contain the fire to the Legacy Market and not the surrounding buildings,” Cronin said.
It took over eight hours to control the flame and keep it contained, he said.
“The fire itself was difficult but I can’t praise the men and women from the fire departments enough for the job they did,” he said.
Spencer Mayor Terry Williams also expressed gratitude towards the firefighters during what he said was one of the most difficult situations in the business district.
“Thanks for all the firemen, EMS and city and county police. What a great team working together,” Williams said. “Thanks to the city of Spencer water system and excellent fire protection with hydrants that provided more than 700,000 gallons of water to the scene.”
The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.