Several local fire departments, including Oak Ridge’s, battled a blaze on Thursday, January 9, at a vacant building in Harriman that once housed the Miller-Brewer Department Store at the corner of North Roane Street and Crescent Street.
The fire was reported at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The large building has three stories and a basement, and it has been vacant for 15 years or so, according to spectators.
Firefighters from the following fire departments responded on a call for mutual aid from the Harriman Fire Department: Kingston, Rockwood, Midtown, East Roane County, West Roane County, South Roane County, Blair, Roane County Emergency Services, Oak Ridge, and Crossville.
The Oak Ridge Fire Department contingent, under the command of Battalion Chief David Harrington, responded at 2:46 p.m. Thursday, fire photographer Tom Scott said. He said this is the first mutual aid response by the Oak Ridge Fire Department to a fire in Harriman for at least 40 years.
Later, an ORFD support truck pulling a trailer to supply compressed air for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) responded.
The heavy-duty exterior firefighting pictured in these photos by Scott was done by aerial ladder trucks from the Harriman and Kingston fire departments.