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Gallaher Road fire erupts

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By The Staff

The old Rogers Southeastern Lubricants building on Gallaher Road in Kingston caught fire Wednesday night. Flames could be seen from Interstate 40. Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said the cause of the fire was still unknown Thursday morning.  
“The renter had stated that they had some electrical problems that they reported to the owner of the building,” he said.    
The blaze was reported to E-911 dispatch around 8:20 p.m. Multiple crews responded.  
“We had a big help with East Roane County, Harriman Fire Department and Roane County emergency management,” Gordon said.
No injuries were reported.
Gordon said that gaining entry to the building and not knowing exactly what was inside created some challenges.
“It was more or less office space,” Gordon said. “The warehouse part was empty.”
The dispatch call sheet noted concerns about some “highly explosive” tanks, but Gordon said there was no explosions.