Large fire breaks out at Seymour Flea Market

Large fire breaks out at Seymour Flea Market

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(Courtesy: Trooper Rod Parton) Crews work to contain a massive fire that broke out at the Seymour Flea Market Friday night. (Courtesy: Trooper Rod Parton) Crews work to contain a massive fire that broke out at the Seymour Flea Market Friday night.
The smoke from the massive fire at the Seymour Flea Market can be seen from Chapman Highway. The smoke from the massive fire at the Seymour Flea Market can be seen from Chapman Highway.

SEYMOUR (WATE) – At least 45 firefighters from departments across Sevier, Blount and Knox counties worked to contain a large fire that damaged two businesses.

Authorities say the fire broke out at the Seymour Flea Market located at 13305 Chapman Hwy Friday night. The fire also spread the Miller's Service Center.

Crews returned to the scene after the fire rekindled around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, but it was put out an hour later.

The owner of the flea market says he's been at that location for ten years. It was the culmination of his life's work.

"That's our whole life right there. It's gone, just like that. We owned many businesses over the years. This was our final stage, as they say," said owner Bud Counsil, describing his emotions.

He told 6 News seven pets may have been killed in the fire. They were animals he rescued with his wife.

The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department Chief says the number of things packed in the building, and the lack of easy access to water made it very tough to fight the fire.

"Our biggest danger is structural collapse. We can't put our firefighters in danger," said Chief Kevin Nunn, in an interview in the midst of the firefighting effort.  

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion at the scene.

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