Popular Townsend restaurant catches fire, 6 firefighters injured

A fire broke out at Walkers Catfish Cabin and BBQ restaurant in Townsend, according to Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan.
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 10:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 3:33 PM EDT
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TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Walkers Catfish Cabin and BBQ restaurant in Townsend caught fire Monday night, according to officials with the Blount County Fire Department.

The Townsend Volunteer Fire Department was leading the response and BCFD Chief Doug McClanahan said that his department sent one tanker and six firefighters to assist.

Six firefighters experienced heat exhaustion, according to Townsend Fire Chief Don Stallions. Four firefighters were treated at the fire with IV fluids and continued working, but the other two were sent to Blount Memorial. They have been released, according to Stallions.

She also said that the Blount County Fire Investigation Team would likely be taking over to investigate the fire.

The fire investigation team is made up of law enforcement and fire personnel from the BCSO as well as the Maryville and Alcoa fire departments.

The restaurant is located at 7018 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

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