Main Street Building Destroyed By Fire October 16, 1969

Main Street Building Destroyed By Fire October 16, 1969

The photo of the building above was taken a few years before it was destroyed by fire. (Photo By Wallace Rice)

Three Fires Keep Dayton's Volunteer Fireman Busy

On October 13, 1969, three separate fire calls kept Dayton’s Volunteer Fire Department busy. One of the fires destroyed one of the oldest buildings on Main Street.

Dayton’s Volunteer Fire Department which was located just down the street received the call at 8:15 pm and was on scene within minutes.

The fire had gained a roaring headway in the old wooden structure and with the threat of the fire spreading to the nearby buildings, the decision was made to call on Spring City’s Fire Department for assistance.

The Spring City fireman utilized their new “Fog Nozzle” to the front of the fire and with the additional hose lines from both departments, the firemen were able to keep the fire from jumping to adjoining buildings.

Tallent’s Drug Store had recently vacated the front portion of the building and the Dayton Glass Company had its glass cutting business in the rear of this building.

As the worst of the blaze appeared to be over, a second alarm sounded about a trash fire at the rear of M&J Super Market. Dayton with only two fire trucks, released one of them to respond to the trash fire. The fire was located near the compressors on the refrigeration units and could have caused significant damage if it had not been caught in time.

Within minutes, the third call of the evening was received. Caller reported that the home of Edith Maynor on North Broadway was on fire. The four-room home was in complete flames by the time the firemen could arrive. The home was completely destroyed.

Firemen stayed at the Main Street fire through night and did not pick up their hoses until noon on Tuesday

Dayton’s mayor at the time, Paul Levengood, praised the actions of the volunteers in being able to contain the fire. He gave a big “Thank you” to the Spring City Volunteer Fire Department. Levengood had stressed that without their help the entire business block could have been destroyed.


Main Street

This is a current day view of where the building used to set before it was destroyed by fire.



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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.

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