Owner laments loss of Farragut barn in fire

WATE 6 On Your Side Staff - FARRAGUT (WATE) - A barn fire in Farragut created a huge plume of smoke Wednesday afternoon that could be seen from a long distance away.

The fire was reported around 5 p.m. on Concord Road near Kingston Pike. There is no word of any injuries related to the fire.

Thick, black smoke from the fire could be seen from a few miles away.

The owner says it's not just a loss for his family, but for the community.

"I have an empty feeling. It's hard to realize it just something that you. It's hard to accept." said James Biddle, the owner of the barn.

Biddle says the barn was built by his father and grandfather in the 1940s. In it's 75-year history, he says, it has been used for cattle and horses alike.

"it does help that so many people are concerned about it as we are. It's just been a big loss both for the family, and the history behind the bar. It was a beautiful structure and it will be definitely hard to duplicate." said Biddle.

Biddle says recently, the barn sat empty unless it was being rented or used for special occasions. However, trespassers have become common recently.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Unit is investigating the fire.


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