City celebrates return to fire hall

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Friday marked a milestone for the Lewisburg Fire Department with the grand opening for the department’s renovated main fire hall.

“We are overwhelmed,” said Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams. “It’s great and it fits our needs.”

The building was built in 1962 and originally housed the fire department, the police department, and the city jail, reflected in the Lewisburg Safety Building sign that remains over the front door.

The building had deteriorated to the point at which the day room was known by firefighters as “The Dungeon” and plumbing issues occasionally released raw sewage into the kitchen area.

Carter Lawrence, the interim commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance who also oversees the State Fire Marshal’s Office, served as the keynote speaker for the occasion, praising the city’s “wise improvements to extend the life of the facility.”

Williams also noted that the project had come in $60,000 under the low bid after the department found cost savings in the plans.

The department was based in the old National Guard Armory building on Fayetteville Highway while the renovation was under way.