MARSHALL COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A truck stop in Cornersville was heavily damaged in a fire early Monday morning.
The fire happened at the Tennessean Travel Stop on Pulaski Highway.
Owner Gregory Sachs told News 2 said he was called around 5:30 a.m. and he rushed to the store immediately. He said the store was evacuated and all gasoline and diesel pumps were immediately turned off.
The fire began in the kitchen, according to Sachs. He said an employee turned on the broiler like she does every morning but unfortunately something caught fire and it spread very quickly.
“This truck stop is an iconic place. This is certainly heartbreaking and it hasn’t even set in yet,” said Sachs, who has owned the truck stop since 2017.
“It’s been a passion of mine since I came to the area back in 2008, it’s a great place, all the locals come here all the time and everybody knows each other. Truckers around the country are familiar with the Tennessean…it’s just a special place,” explained Sachs.
Sachs said the restaurant is destroyed and the ceiling has caved in. He added he would like to rebuild the restaurant but it’s too soon to say if and when that could happen.
No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
No additional information was immediately released.