Overnight Fire Damages Sikh Gurdwara in Knoxville, Tennessee


KNOXVILLE — Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that severely damaged a Sikh gurdwara Friday off Sutherland Avenue.

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 Sikh Sangat of East Tennessee, 704 Washburn Road.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting through the roof of the gurdwara, the Sikh word used for temple. Despite firefighters efforts, the flames had advanced too far and part of the temple’s roof collapsed, Corcoran said.

“Significant fire damage will delay the use of the structure for future worship services,” Corcoran said.

No one was injured during the incident.

Corcoran said it appears the fire started “near an area of the structure used for storage,” but fire investigators have not ascertained the cause.

The Sikh Sangat of East Tennessee obtained the building at Washburn Road in January 2011 for its services. The word sangat means congregation.’

Originally Published by: Knoxnews

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