Several Fire Departments Respond to Early Morning Fire in Rocky Top – One Person Found Dead

Fire crews responded to the 300 block of Main Street in Rocky Top just before 4 AM, this morning for a major fire. Officials on scene say the building houses five apartments as well as businesses. The TBI has confirmed that one person did die in the fire.

The TBI Special Fire Investigators, along with the Rocky Top Police Department and Fire Department are investigating the the fatal fire. The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to Leslie Everhart from the TBI.

Main Street continues to be closed as well between 4th and 3rd streets and will be closed for an extended time for the investigation and also to keep traffic away until an unstable wall on the structure can be evaluated.

Several agencies responded to assist The Rocky Top Fire Department which included, Medford Volunteer Fire, The Briceville Volunteer Fire Department, Medford Volunteer Fire, Clinton Fire Department, LaFollette and Caryville Fire Departments and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office responded, among others.

Fire officials said eight people are believed to have been affected by the fire, including the one person that died. The Red Cross is helping those who have been displaced. We will keep you posted on the latest here on BBB Communications via our Facebook page and website as we get more information.

Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications
Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications
Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications
Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications
Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications
Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications
Rocky Top Fire on January 23, 2024 – Photos by J. Brad Jones, BBB Communications

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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