Thanks to a quick response, the Franklin Fire Department put out a middle-of-the-night fire before it got out of control.
At a few minutes before midnight on Monday night, a fire started on the exterior wall of 1143 Columbia Avenue, across the street from the Carter House and adjacent to Bunganut Pig.
The fire burned out a first floor room and damaged the exterior wall and electric meter, according to Andy King, Franklin Fire Marshal.
The cause and origin were still undetermined as of early Tuesday morning. Because the property owner had not been found, King did not release the specific name of the business at 1143 that was burning. However, it was clearly not Bunganut Pig and King did say that it was not the Franklin Glassblowing Studio.
Only a little more than a year ago, a fire there, which shares an address with the site of Monday’s fire, began at about the same time of day, though it had a much different outcome.
On the night of September 29, the Franklin Glassblowing Studio caught fire. Fortunately, Monday night’s fire was minor by comparison: it took five stations responding and more than 30 firefighters several hours to stop the blaze and secure the area; the first-floor studio was totally ruined. Crews did not leave the scene until 1 a.m. One firefighter was injured after he fell into a meter vault four feet below the ground.