South Dayton Businesses Destroyed By Fire

South Dayton Businesses Destroyed By Fire

Fire Started By Lightning Strike at M&L Cabinetry

On the evening of July 27, 2005, a severe thunderstorm moved through south Dayton leaving two businesses completely destroyed by fire from a lightning strike.

Jimmy Ray Morgan was working in the rear of his business the M&L Custom Cabinetry, located on Rhea County Highway in south Dayton, around 5:20 pm.  According to Mr. Morgan during the thunder storm, lightning struck the exhaust fan in the attic. Smoke began filling the room immediately.





Mr. Morgan left the shop and went next door to alert the people working at the American Home-Patient.

Lt. Frankie Robinson of the City of Dayton Fire Department received the call at 5:22 pm of the business fire. Robinson arrived on the scene within 4 minutes and reported heavy black smoke visible.

Firefighters initially tried to enter the building to fight the fire but were quickly forced back by the intense heat and low visibility from the smoke. The contents in the building, such as chemicals in the cabinetry shop, contributed to the rapid spread of the fire.

Dayton’s Assistant Fire Chief (2005) Bo Kaylor arrived at the location and took command of the scene. Due to the fire advancing so quickly and the American Home-Patient being directly adjacent to the burning building, Kaylor activated the Tri State Mutual Aid requesting assistance from area departments as the healthcare business contained oxygen bottles.



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Members of the Graysville and Rhea County Fire Departments quickly respond to Dayton’s call for help.

Two additional nearby businesses, AmTrust Mortgage Corp. and Golden Eagle Auto Sales, also suffered damages from the fire.

Firefighters were on the scene for six hours before the fire was completely extinguished. One firefighter was sent to the hospital for heat exhaustion and dehydration but was treated and released.

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

1 Comment

  • Susan Wilhoit

    October 21, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    So sad! Our sympathies are with those who have had such great loss.

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