Sunday, March 16, 2014

No foul play suspected in fire that ripped through Sikh temple off Sutherland Avenue

The Sikh Sangat Temple and community center at 704 Washburn Rd. suffered damage after a fire early this morning. According to the Knoxville Fire Department, flames were shooting from the roof when crews arrived shortly after midnight. (Photo by J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel)

KNOXVILLE — Authorities said there is nothing suspicious about a Friday morning fire that burst through the roof of East Tennessee’s only public Sikh gurdwara.
“This is the only public gurdwara (temple) in East Tennessee and it was the first public gurdwara in East Tennessee,” said Brandon Singh, music coordinator for the Sikh Sangat of East Tennessee.
Singh said the temple served several hundred Sikhs in East Tennessee, from Bristol to Chattanooga. He said 40-45 people regularly attended Sunday services.
Knoxville firefighters learned of the blaze shortly after midnight, according to Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt. D.J. Corcoran. A neighbor reported flames at the temple at 704 Washburn Road off Sutherland Avenue.

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