By Tamas Mondovics
Johnson County firefighters and several crews from Carter County responded to a major fire that broke in a Butler, TN lumber yard this week. According to Johnson County Emergency Management director Jason Blevins, crews reportedly arrived to the fire at Shoun Lumber on George Shoun Lane, about 1:30 p.m. on Monday. By the time firefighters reached the yard, the sawmill was fully involved, Garber said. Shoun Lumber is a family-owned business.
Garber said that eight fire departments from Johnson County, eight from Carter County, and one from Sullivan County responded to help put out the blaze, which began when employees were working on a welding project at Mill #2 and sawdust caught fire and quickly spread. This week’s incident is reportedly the third time that the lumber company has caught fire in 30 years. No other details are available at this time.