Thatcher’s barbecue in Summerville spent Tuesday cleaning up from fire near smoker.

Thatcher’s barbecue in Summerville spent Tuesday cleaning up from fire near smoker.

Thatcher’s BBQ & Grill in Summerville in an earlier Hometown photo.


From Thatcher’s Barbecue & Grille, Summerville:

“As most of you have probably seen online, we did have a fire inside of our building (Monday) that started in our smoker and was contained there thankfully with the help of the Summerville Fire Department who reacted quickly to put it out.
“We are closed on Mondays so there were no staff or patrons inside of the restaurant (Monday) at the time the fire started.
“We ask for your patience as our crew cleans up (Tuesday) and we assess what the rest of the week looks like. We will update here on our hours as quickly as we can!”


We’ll post when the restaurant reopens.


Another fire was reported Monday, this one at Thatcher’s BBQ & Grille in Summerville. Parts of downtown were blocked as crews rushed to the popular restaurant which was closed as normal on Monday. Says John Hatcher Jr. in a Facebook post Monday evening:

“Thanks to everyone who called and messaged me especially Summerville folks about Summerville Thatchers. There was a fire but thankfully the smoker worked the way it was designed to and contained the fire.”


Mount Vernon Mills was hit by a fire Saturday morning, a blaze that brought firefighters from three states to Trion just in case.

WZQZ radio in Chattooga County (99.1 FM and 1180 AM) had the first report of the blaze on Saturday morning, including the “Tri-State Mutual Aid” call for assistance battling the blaze.

NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga reports the fire was contained to the first two stories, with some smoke traveling to the third floor. The fourth floor was unaffected. More than 100 firefighters were on the scene for nearly eight hours. There was minimal damage and no injuries. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Expanded story

Mount Vernon Mills is the largest employer in Chattooga County with around 1,700 workers and is the city of Trion’s largest taxpayer. The company announced an across-the-board 4% pay increase in August.


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